Description: Tucson, Arizona criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with assault on a Federal Officer with a deadly or dangerous weapon and improper entry by an alien.
On October 13, 2022, Hugo Alexander Garcia-Sales, 22, of Guatemala, threw five softball-sized rocks at a United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations helicopter Air Interdiction Agent while the helicopter was in the air. Although the rocks failed to hit the helicopter, one rock came within several feet of striking the aircraft. As part of his guilty plea, Garcia-Sales admitted that striking the helicopter with any of the rocks could have caused the aircraft to crash. Additionally, Garcia-Sales admitted he is a Guatemalan national who knowingly entered the United States near Newfield, Arizona, without legal permission to enter or remain in the United States.
CBP’s United States Border Patrol conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant United States Attorney Nathaniel J. Walters, District of Arizona, Tucson, is handling the prosecution.
Outcome: Defendant was sentenced to 21 months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release.