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Mexican man guilty of killing US Coast Guardsman
Mexican man convicted of murder in ramming of US Coast Guard vessel off California
By LINDA DEUTSCH
Associated Press
2014-02-06 06:42 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A federal jury in Los Angeles has convicted a Mexican man of killing a U.S. Coast Guard crewman when he rammed a boat into the victim's vessel.

U.S. attorney's spokesman Thom Mrozek says Jose Meija Leyva was found guilty Wednesday of second-degree murder of a federal officer.

Meija Leyva rammed his boat into a Coast Guard vessel as it approached on Dec. 2, 2012, during a drug-smuggling investigation off the coast of California.

Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III was knocked into the water. He was fatally struck in the head by the boat's propeller.

Another guardsman was injured.

A second man aboard the boat, Manuel Beltran Higuera of Mexico, was convicted of lesser charges.

Authorities said Horne, 34, was the first law enforcement official to die off the California coast since a spike in illegal activity began several years ago.

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