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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Texas

Monday, September 10, 2018

Illegal Alien Sent to Federal Prison for Trying to Drown Federal Agent

A 31-year-old Illegal alien residing in Ciudad Hidalgo, Michoacan, Mexico, has been ordered to prison following his conviction of assaulting a Border Patrol (BP) agent during his attempt to illegally enter the country, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. Edgar Garrido-Miranda pleaded guilty Dec. 5, 2017.

Today, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo ordered him to prison for 60 months and ordered restitution in the amount of $4,788.79. At the hearing, the court heard that this was not an accidental act on Garrido-Miranda's part. She sternly him warned him that things could have gone very wrong, including being shot. Not a U.S. citizen, he is expected to face deportation proceedings fooling his sentence.

On Aug. 16, 2017, BP agents encountered a group of undocumented aliens near the Zacate Creek area in south Laredo. Garrido-Miranda was a member of that group. Law Enforcement attempted to arrest him, at which time Garrido-Miranda became combative.

During the struggle, Garrido-Miranda held one of the BP agents under water until a second agent came to his rescue.

At the hearing today, the court noted the BP agent's restraint in not resorting to deadly force under the circumstances.

The victim suffered bruises and contusions as well as a throat infection as a result of the encounter.

Garrido-Miranda has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The FBI conducted the investigation with the assistance of BP. Assistant U.S. Attorney José Angel Moreno prosecuted the case.

Violent Crime
Updated September 11, 2018