An El Paso man was sentenced to prison today for his role in shooting and targeting an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent's vehicle. The shooting took place on Interstate 10 last year and for his role in the crime, Raul Beltran received a seven-year prison sentence.
Beltran pleaded guilty to one count of engaging in organized criminal activity-aggravated assault for the shooting. The shooting involved three individuals including Beltran who say they mistook an off-duty Border Patrol agent for someone who beat up their friend.
Because the new charge violated his probation for a 2014 burglary case, he was also sentenced for the violation to 15 years in prison by 243rd District Court Judge Luis Aguilar in addition to the 7 years. Both sentences will run concurrently.
The trio shot at the agent's vehicle on the interstate striking the driver's side door three times. The other two men involved in the crime were Sebastian Adrian Aldaz and Rafael Roberto Valenzuela, both were arrested in October. Beltran was identified as the driver of the vehicle while Aldaz was identified as the actual shooter.
When Aldaz was arrested he was part of a group who had two handguns, a PlayStation 3 and a small plastic bag with marijuana stolen during a "drug rip." Both Aldaz and Valenzuela were charged with engaging in organized criminal activity-aggravated assault and their cases are still pending.
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