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Oct 30, 2012 1:03 PM by Ian Cross

Brian Terry murder suspect pleads guilty in federal court

TUCSON - One of the six men indicted in the murder of Border Patrol agent Bryan Terry pleaded guilty to First-Degree Murder in federal court this morning.

The U.S. Government will not seek the death penalty against Manuel Osorio Arellanes, federal officials confirmed in court this morning. The maximum sentence for Arellanes is life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Arellanes, of El Fuerte in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, was shot during the December 2010 gunfight that left Agent Terry dead, and has been in custody since the night of the shooting. He had originally pleaded not guilty in the case, telling investigators that he raised his weapon toward the agents during the shootout but didn't fire, the FBI said in records.

Arellanes will be formally sentenced on January 11, 2013.

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