Suspect in slaying of border agent Brian Terry extradited to U.S

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Dan Riehl
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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National Issues
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Lionel Portillo-Meza, accused of killing U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in a case related to the U.S. government's "Fast and Furious" debacle, has been extradited from Mexico to Arizona, where he'll face murder charges.

He pleaded not guilty when arraigned on Wednesday in Tucson, Arizona and is being held without bond. Along with the alleged mastermind behind the Benghazi attack, Portillo-Meza is the second high profile Obama administration capture in as many days at a time when most of the news regarding this administration has been from bad to terrible.

Portillo-Meza was captured in Mexico two months later and a second suspect was arrested the following year. Two others remain at large. A fifth suspected gunman pleaded guilty in the United States to first-degree murder and was sentenced to 30 years in prison last February.

A sixth defendant who was in custody at the time of Terry's slaying pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in connection with the case and was sentenced to eight years in prison in January 2013, prosecutors said.