BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 35-year-old illegal alien from
Honduras has been convicted of assaulting a U.S. Border Patrol (BP) agent,
announced Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez. A federal jury returned a guilty
verdict today against Hernan Cortez-Mazariegos following a one-day trial and
approximately two hours of deliberations.
On Nov. 15, 2016, BP agents responded to illegal alien
traffic south of the border fence near Azucena street in Brownsville. A BP
agent attempted to apprehend Cortez-Mazariegos, but he fled. The agent followed
and attempted to arrest him, at which time Cortez-Mazariegos struck him on the
side of his face, sustaining minor injury. Cortez-Mazariegos was eventually
subdued and apprehended with the assistance of another BP agent.
U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen presided over the trial
and has set sentencing for Nov. 21, 2017, at which time Cortez-Mazariegos faces
up to eight years in prison and a possible $250,000 fine. He will remain in
custody pending that hearing.
The FBI and U.S. Customs and Border Protection conducted the
investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys David Coronado and Jody Young are
prosecuting the case.