Migrant who threw rocks at helicopter given 38 months

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ColtCarbine, Apr 16, 2006.

  1. ColtCarbine

    ColtCarbine The Plumber Founding Member

    Migrant who threw rocks at helicopter given 38 months
    The Associated Press
    Published: 04.15.2006

    An illegal immigrant who tried to bring down a U.S. Border Patrol helicopter by throwing rocks at it was sentenced to 38 months in federal prison, the U.S Attorney's Office said.

    Antonio Eretza-Florez, 33, will be under supervision for 36 months after his release for the July 2004 incident. He was sentenced Thursday.

    Eretza-Florez was a passenger in a stolen vehicle packed with immigrants that a Huachuca City police officer tried to stop. A chase ensued, and the officer ran his patrol car into a ditch.

    Border Patrol agents arrived to help, and a helicopter and an unmanned aerial vehicle were brought in to search for the fleeing vehicle and its occupants.

    After the vehicle became stuck, Eretza-Florez ran into the desert and was chased by Border Patrol agents.

    As the helicopter flew low to guide agents to him, he threw several softball-sized rocks at the aircraft. The pilot avoided them, and one rock passed through the rotor blades.

    Eretza-Florez pleaded guilty Dec. 1 to aggravated assault on a federal agent and a charge of re-entering the U.S. after being deported.
  2. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    [winkthumb] [beer]
  3. monkeyman

    monkeyman Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Seems to me it would have been a case to be made that he was endangering their lives and a $0.50 bullet would have been a whole lot cheaper and stronger message than a trial and some jail time.
  4. BRONZ

    BRONZ Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    what a dumb f
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