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Mexican man given 15 months for assaulting BP agent

A Mexican man accused of assaulting a U.S. Border Patrol agent during an altercation in February was sentenced to 15 months in prison by a federal judge in Tucson, said the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Juan Pablo Vasquez-Campos, 38, of Aguas Calientes, Mexico, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Cindy K. Jorgensen after he pleaded guilty to assault on a federal officer and illegal re-entry during a March hearing, said Cosme Lopez, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office. 

According to court documents, on Feb. 27, Vasquez-Campos was traveling with Felicita Bravo-Lopez near Douglas when the Border Patrol agent, who was only identified in court records as "C.M," found them approximately six miles east of Douglas after responding to a "sensor activation." 

When C.M. turned on his flashlight and identified himself as a Border Patrol agent, Vasquez-Campos ran. The agent gave chase and "took [Vaquez-Campos] to the ground." But, Vasquez-Campos was able to struggle free and yelled "No" when the agent ordered him to get on the ground. 

Vasquez-Campos then seized the agent by his arms and attempted to throw him to the ground, and C.M. head-butted Vasquez-Campos. During their struggle, Vasquez-Campos grabbed at the agent's gun belt and tried to seize something from it, eventually grabbing the agent's flashlight. Agent C.M. finally pushed Vasquez-Campos to the ground, ending the struggle as other agents arrived to help. 

Bravo-Lopez said in an affidavit that Vasquez-Campos threw "his elbows and fists behind him in order to break free from the agent's grip" and his elbow struck C.M. in the forehead and the agent began to bleed. 

Vasquez-Campos was deported from the United States through El Paso in December  2015 and was attempting to return to the United States when he was apprehended, court documents showed. 

Following his prison term, Vasquez-Campos will face three years of supervised release, and will likely be deported back to Mexico. 

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