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Teen Who Helped Execute B.P. Agent to Be Sentenced

Teen Who Helped Execute B.P. Agent to Be Sentenced

Border Patrol Agent Robert Wimer Rosas

AP via YellowBrix

April 29, 2010

SAN DIEGO (AP) – A 17-year-old Mexican faces a maximum penalty of life in prison when he is sentenced for killing a Border Patrol agent who was shot eight times in the head, neck and torso in a remote mountainous area.

Christian Daniel Castro Alvarez pleaded guilty in November to murdering a federal officer near Campo, about 60 miles east of San Diego. He told authorities that he and others were attempting to rob the agent, Robert Rosas.

Prosecutors have recommended that U.S. District Judge M. James Lorenz commit Castro to 40 years in prison on Thursday, while a probation officer has urged a life sentence. Federal guidelines call for a minimum sentence of 30 years.

Rosas, 30, was the first Border Patrol agent to be killed by gunfire since 1998, according to The Officer Down Memorial Page, a website that tracks death of law enforcement officers.

Rosas was shot repeatedly from behind and then while he was lying on the ground, according to prosecutors.

U.S. authorities say Castro acted with others but have not said how many or announced arrests. The suspects are believed to have fled back to Mexico through a small crevice under a border fence made of corrugated metal, sparking a massive search on both sides of the border.

Castro surrendered to authorities at a San Diego border crossing in August, less than a month after Rosas died on the night of July 23, but his capture was not announced until he pleaded guilty three months later. He was charged as an adult.

Castro confessed that he and others lured Rosas out of his Border Patrol vehicle by leaving footprints on a dirt road, shaking bushes and making noises, according to prosecutors. Rosas, who was patrolling alone, was ambushed and stripped of his gun about 100 yards from the border.

Castro, who was 16 at the time, told authorities he was holding Rosas at gunpoint when the agent reached for Castro’s firearm. Castro shot once and shouted for help to his collaborators, who were walking toward Rosas’ vehicle. They opened fire.

Castro said one of his collaborators shot him in the hand, leaving a trail of blood back to Mexico. Castro’s DNA matched the blood.

Like many people raised in California’s Imperial Valley, Rosas found a career in law enforcement. He was a state prison guard for six years before joining the Border Patrol in 2006.

He was survived by his wife, Rosalie, and two young children. Prosecutors wrote the judge last week that the children run to the front door calling “Papa” when a car pulls up to the house.

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  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Rest in peach and prayers to the family.

  • Sfa_iv_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Fryem...Rest in Peace & may God bless you, your family and co-workers.

  • Evgeni_nabokov_max50


    about 5 years ago


    I SUPPORT SB1070 thanks to dirt bags like this one.

  • 283452_2133229303286_1622658736_2181892_6682178_n_max50


    about 5 years ago


    Stories like this is why I SUPPORT SB1070...

    Estoy aqui legalmente y lo puedo provar = I'm here legally and I can prove it..

    Reading this story makes me sick and I have to wonder if this would have happened had we enforced the laws already in place years ago like Arizona is doing now..

    I'm all for sending him to Utah to face the firing squad!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago


    40 years in prison-----$300,000 in taxpayer money to feed and house this dirtbag or.....
    $0.28--the price of a 9mm hollowpoint round that could serve justice a bit better. Hummmm it isn't rocket science!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago


    Why should this dirtbag get the luxury of going to prison??? If he gets to spend the rest of his life in prison while the officer's family suffers without their father, I ask you, where is the JUSTICE? maybe the kid should get moved to Utah and let them decide his punishment. I hear they are staring up the firing squad again.

  • Honorvalor_max50


    about 5 years ago


    I agree with you MoHo..

    This "kid" needs to be locked up for good..

    Rest in Peace Agent Robert Wimer Rosas... May God give your family comfort.

  • Soxbanner1024768_1__max50


    about 5 years ago


    That last part is absolutely heartbreaking.

  • Picture_008_max50


    about 5 years ago


    That is justice...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago


    This kid should be given death penalty. He knew what he was doing, he wants to act like an adult then he should punished with the full extent of the law. Enough is enough!!! RIP Agent Rosas

  • Snoopy_18_max50


    about 5 years ago


    Rest In Peace Sir. Fry the perp!!!!!

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    about 5 years ago


    Life in prision where this pos will be a hero to the other animals he will be around, this story is so wrong in so many ways, burn this pos dont allow him to breath the air we do.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago

    R.I.P Agent Robert Wimer Rosas ... My Prayers go out to His Wife and his Kids ,God Bless them all .....

  • Pot_luck_at_work_max50


    about 5 years ago


    Best wishes to Officer Rosas wife and kids.

  • Cars---mater-02_max50


    about 5 years ago


    Rest In Peace Agent Rosas. Your service has been greatly appreciated.

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