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Jury Convicts Mexican Man of Killing U.S. Border Patrol Agent

A federal jury in San Diego convicted a Mexican man of second-degree murder Tuesday in the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent and federal narcotics violations.

Jurors deliberated for just two hours before convicting Jesus Navarro. According to the evidence presented at trial, Navarro was driving a Hummer H2 on Jan. 19, 2008, that killed Border Patrol Agent Luis Aguilar while he was on duty.

The 25-year-old Mexicali resident was also found guilty of conspiring to distribute marijuana in connection with the death of  Aguilar in California's Imperial Sand Dunes in 2008.

"Our office is gratified by the jury's verdict in this case and appreciates the service of each juror,” said United States Attorney Laura E. Duffy in a Department of Justice press release. “The entire prosecution team's efforts in securing defendant Navarro-Montes' presence in the United States and the presentation of the case has been nothing short of outstanding.”

Navarro faces maximum sentences of life in prison for murder and 40 years in prison on the drug charge. U.S. District Judge Michael Anello scheduled sentencing for 9 a.m. on June 27, 2011.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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