Another suspect in Terry slaying extradited to US

2014-07-31T16:59:00Z 2014-08-01T07:51:01Z Another suspect in Terry slaying extradited to USArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 31, 2014 4:59 pm  • 

Another suspect in the slaying of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry has been extradited from Mexico and will appear in federal court in Tucson on Friday, federal officials said.

Ivan Soto-Barraza is facing charges of first-degree murder in Terry's death. Terry was killed in a firefight that agents had with armed robbers trying to steal marijuana loads near Rio Rico in 2010. Five men have been charged in connection with his death.

Soto-Barraza was captured in Mexico in September 2013 near the town of El Fuerte in Sinaloa. He was extradited today, U.S. officials said.

Of the five suspects, one has pleaded guilty and sentenced to 30 years in prison, two are now awaiting trial and two are fugitives. A sixth man, who was in custody at the time of Terry's death, pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges related to the case and sentenced to eight years in prison.

In July 2012, the U.S. government offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of four of the fugitives, including Soto-Barraza.

"We will never stop seeking justice against those who do harm to our best and bravest," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a news release announcing the extradition.

Another suspect in the death, Lionel Portillo-Meza, is being held as he awaits trial in federal court in Tucson. His trial has been delayed.

The case sparked national controversy when it was revealed two guns found at the scene were sold by a Phoenix-area dealer to a man suspected in a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigation called Operation Fast and Furious in which the federal agency lost track of about 2,000 weapons.

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