Along the southern border in Texas, NBC's Mark Potter showed us the crime scene where a marijuana smuggler was shot in the buttocks in 2005 by the Border Patrol as he fled south into Mexico. A pair of agents, Jose Compeon and Ignacio Ramos, will serve at least ten years in prison for firing at the unarmed man. Potter summarized the prosecution case: the smuggler ran away after "Compeon tried to hit him with the butt of his shotgun" as he surrendered. Compeon claimed he shot in self-defense. Ramos called it the "most painful thing I had to do"--not shooting the fugitive but informing his child that he was headed for the penitentiary. Potter noted that 90 members of Congress have petitioned the President to pardon the two agents, including Republican Presidential candidate Duncan Hunter: "This is a severe injustice," Hunter argued. "The punishment did not fit the actions."
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