Men convicted in murder of ICE agent Jaime Zapata

    A federal jury today found two Mexican nationals guilty of the 2011 murder of U.S. Immigration and Customs Special Agent Jaime J. Zapata.

    A federal jury today found two Mexican nationals guilty of the 2011 murder of U.S. Immigration and Customs Special Agent Jaime J. Zapata.

    Jose Manuel Garcia-Sota and Jesus Ivan Quezada-Pina were being tried before Senior Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the U.S. District for the District of Columbia in Washington D.C. The men are charged with murder, attempted murder and a weapons charge.

    Their trial began July 11. Jury deliberations began Wednesday afternoon.

    Zapata, 32, a Brownsville native who worked for ICE, was killed Feb. 15, 2011, near San Luis Potosi, Mexico, in an attack by members of the Zetas drug cartel. His partner Victor Avila was wounded in the attack.

    Mexican authorities have reported they were told the attack on Zapata and Avila was a case of mistaken identity.