Published: 14:44 February 12, 2015
TUCSON, Arizona: A former US. Border Patrol agent who shot and wounded a Mexican man intentionally used excessive force and was not justified in opening fire, a federal judge said as he awarded the victim half a million dollars in a lawsuit.
Gunfire hit Jesus Castro-Romo of Nogales, Sonora, in the stomach on November 16, 2010, after he was caught crossing illegally from Mexico into the Arizona desert.
Former agent Abel Canales did not face criminal charges after the shooting was deemed justified by Colorado prosecutors, who reviewed the case because federal prosecutors in Arizona had a conflict of interest.
In a ruling issued February 5 in the civil case, Judge James A. Soto awarded Castro-Romo nearly $500,000 in damages and said Canales lacked credibility.
It's had to believe but this agent was not criminally charged with anything.