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Man convicted for murder of Border Patrol agent apprehended Sunday

A Mexican man convicted of the 2003 murder of an off-duty Border Patrol agent in Mexico was apprehend by Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents when he attempted to cross into the United States on Sunday, authorities said. 

In a news release, officials said agents arrested Francisco Javier Rosas-Molina, one of four men accused of killing Border Patrol Agent Jorge Salomon-Martinez in February 2003 near Bacocahi, Sonora, about 40 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border. 

The 23-year-old agent was traveling off-duty when Rosas, along with three other men, attacked him because Salomon was a Border Patrol agent. The men sneaked up behind him Salomon and beat him, pelting him with rocks until they eventually crushed his skull with a 50-pound rock, said Mexican prosecutors. 

Rosas served 11 years in prison for the murder, said a public affairs officer with Border Patrol. 

Rosas arrest record goes back to 2002, when he served 108 days in a county jail after he was arrested by Cochise County deputies for attempting to smuggle marijuana. 

Rosas was handed over to U.S. Marshals and will face prosecution by the U.S. Attorney's Office for illegal re-entry of an aggravated felon, the officer said. 

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Sep 7, 2016, 5:21 pm
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11 yrs for murder?
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Francisco Javier Rosas-Molina was arrested Sunday by Border Patrol agents. Rosas served 11 years for the 2003 murder of an off-duty Border Patrol agent in Mexico.