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Texas Father, Son Sentenced For Shooting Agent

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File photo of a prison cell. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a prison cell. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A South Texas man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison and his son to 16 years for the 2012 shooting of a federal agent on drug-patrol duty.

Forty-three-year-old Pedro Alvarado and 20-year-old Arnoldo Alvarado were sentenced Thursday in federal court for injuring Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Kelton Harrison. The Hargill men were convicted in March of assaulting a federal officer and a weapons crime.

Harrison was shot as two vehicles were chasing his near Hargill in July 2012. Prosecutors say the Alvarado family was involved in drug trafficking, but the defense said during the trial the family acted in self-defense after seeing a suspicious vehicle near their home.

Harrison was conducting surveillance in the area as part of a drug-trafficking investigation. He was shot once in the back.

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