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Honduran National Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison for Assault on Federal Agent in South Texas

A Honduran national, Kevin Roney Rodriguez-Sauceda, 29, has been sentenced to 78 months in federal prison for assaulting a U.S. Border Patrol agent near Eagle Pass on August 3, 2022.

According to court documents, the incident occurred when Rodriguez-Sauceda was apprehended by a U.S. Border Patrol agent during a routine encounter. Rodriguez-Sauceda assaulted the agent with a knife, while another undocumented noncitizen also bit the agent. Additional agents swiftly arrived at the scene, and both individuals were subsequently detained.

On March 6, 2023, Rodriguez-Sauceda pleaded guilty to one count of assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers or employees in a federal court in Del Rio.

U.S. Attorney Jaime Esparza for the Western District of Texas emphasized the dedication of law enforcement officers and thanked the FBI and U.S. Border Patrol for their commitment to upholding the law, saying, "We are once again reminded that our partners in green place their lives on the line each and every day in defense of the United States and the integrity of our border."

Special Agent in Charge Oliver E. Rich Jr. for the FBI San Antonio Division echoed this sentiment, underlining the dangers that U.S. Border Patrol agents and law enforcement officers face daily. He also highlighted the FBI's commitment to partnering with law enforcement at all levels to ensure the safety of communities.

The case was investigated jointly by the FBI and the U.S. Border Patrol.

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