US: 2 Mexican nationals convicted in federal agent’s killing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities say a federal jury has convicted two members of a violent Mexican drug cartel in the February 2011 ambush killing of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent.

A U.S. attorney’s office statement says 36-year-old Jose Emanuel Garcia Sota and 29-year-old Jesus Ivan Quezada Pina of the Los Zetas drug cartel were found guilty Thursday in federal court in Washington of murder and attempted murder of a federal officer and firearms offenses. They were convicted in the shooting in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, of ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata and a fellow agent’s wounding.

No sentencing date was immediately announced. Both face mandatory life sentences for the murder conviction.

Authorities say five other Mexican nationals also extradited from their homeland pleaded guilty earlier to federal charges in the case.

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