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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 10, 2022

Mexican National Sentenced for Shooting at U.S. Border Patrol Agent

DEL RIO – Today Sergio Trevino, 35, a Mexican national was sentenced to a total of 214 months in prison for shooting at two U.S. Border Patrol agents near Brackettville.

According to court documents, on January 3, 2021, U.S. Border Patrol agents attempted to stop Trevino as he drove a Chevy Suburban northbound on Texas Ranch Road 334 just north of Brackettville.  A high-speed chase ensued when Trevino attempted to abscond.  During the pursuit, Trevino fired multiple shots at the agents.

Spike strips were used to bring the Suburban to a stop.  Trevino fled from the vehicle and was later apprehended.  Six Honduran nationals were found in the vehicle along with 28-year-old Jesseca Ann Whitmire, a U.S. citizen.

On March 31, 2021, Trevino pleaded guilty to one count of assault on a federal officer and one count of using a firearm during a crime of violence.  Trevino was sentenced to 94 months in prison on the assault charge and 120 months on the use of a firearm charge with both sentences to run consecutive.

“Sergio Trevino not only placed the lives of the U.S. Border Patrol agents who were attempting to apprehend him in peril, but also the lives of the undocumented noncitizens he was transporting and everyone traveling on the road that day,” said U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff.  “Thankfully no one was seriously injured by his senseless and dangerous actions. The collective efforts of agents from the U.S. Border Patrol, FBI, ATF, and Homeland Security Investigations, brought Mr. Trevino to justice so that he will no longer be a threat to the community for many years to come.”

“This sentence is yet another example of the vital work being conducted by HSI, and its law enforcement partners, to target individuals who are part of dangerous transnational criminal organizations spreading crime and violence in our communities,” said Craig Larrabee, Acting Special Agent in Charge, HSI San Antonio. “HSI will continue to aggressively pursue these criminal networks who put the lives of others in jeopardy for financial gain. We will not let up in our efforts to dismantle and disrupt their illicit pathways, leverage all available resources, and work together with our law enforcement partners to pursue justice.”

“Today’s sentencing sends a strong message to those who would commit violent acts against federal officers,” said Special Agent in Charge Oliver E. Rich Jr. “The FBI will continue to work closely with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners to hold violent criminals accountable for their actions at the border as well as throughout the United States.”

On June 14, 2021, Whitmire pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to transport illegal aliens in violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1324 and faces up to 10 years in federal prison. Whitmire is scheduled to be sentenced on April 4, 2023.

Trevino and Whitmire have remained in federal custody since their arrests on January 3, 2021.

HSI and FBI are investigating this case.  The Texas Department of Public Safety, Kinney County Sheriff’s Office and Real County Sheriff’s Office assisted Border Patrol agents in apprehending Trevino, Whitmire and the undocumented noncitizens.  

Assistant U.S. Attorney Larry W. Fadler Jr., is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

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Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Human Smuggling
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Updated June 10, 2022