MCALLEN, Texas — A Salvadoran illegal alien who brutally attacked a U.S. Border Patrol agent has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges in federal court. The lesser charge carries a lesser sentence.
This week, 36-year-old Jorge Alexander Garcia Murgas went before a U.S. magistrate judge and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge. In November, Garcia had been charged with a felony charge of assaulting a federal officer, for choking, beating and trying to take an agents handgun. Court records don’t show the sentence that Garcia received.
The assault took place on November 26, when a U.S. Border Patrol identified by prosecutors only as A.M. spotted a group of illegal aliens near a canal in the border city of Penitas, court records obtained by Breitbart Texas revealed. When agent A.M. and other agents tried to approach the group, the illegal aliens began to run away in an effort to avoid capture.
The agent caught up with 36-year-old Jorge Alexander Garcia Murgas and ordered him to stop but when he moved to arrest him the illegal alien began to fight back. The agent managed to get one handcuff on Garcia, but the man twisted out of the hold and reached for the agents gun as the two men wrestled over the holstered firearm.
The agent was able to roll on top of Garcia and get his hands of the weapon, however the illegal alien then grabbed reached for the agent’s night vision goggled and began to use the straps to choke him. The agent is quoted in court records stating that he felt the chord from the goggles digging into his windpipe thus cutting off his air. Eventually the agent was able to get the goggles off and subdue Garcia.
“An assault on any of our agents is a serious matter and should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, anything short of that is a disgrace. The federal government needs to stand up for those that protect our nation,” said Chris Cabrera the Vice President for the 3307 local chapter of the National Border Patrol Council in an interview with Breitbart Texas. The NBPC is the union that represents border patrol agents.