Plea deal reached in Border Patrol Agent kidnapping, beating case

Las Cruces News

A Mexican citizen involved in the 2017 kidnapping and attack of an off-duty Border Patrol Agent pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder in exchange for a lighter sentence.

According to New Mexico court documents, Sergio Venegas-Quinones entered his plea Tuesday in exchange for prosecutors dropping an aggravated assault and aggravated battery. 

Venegas-Quinones and co-defendant Fernando Puga are each accused of kidnapping and beating off-duty Border Patrol Agent Lorenzo Hernandez on June 6, 2017. 

As KTSM previously reported, the agent was helping his mother pack up her tamale stand at the intersection of Stan Roberts and McCombs in Northeast El Paso. The pair is accused of asking the agent for help to a broken down car before beating him and taking him across state lines. 

Venegas-Quinonez is scheduled to be sentenced May 2. He is facing up to nine years in prison, but state prosecutors have recommended just a seven-year sentence.

Puga is set to stand trial on April 15. 

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