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Border Patrol agent impersonator in New Mexico gets prison

October 21, 2020 GMT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A man in New Mexico has been sentenced to nearly two years in federal prison for impersonating a Border Patrol agent.

Prosecutors said 45-year-old James Christopher Benvie received a 21-month prison term after being convicted in the case in March.

Court records show Benvie was a leader and spokesperson for a group of vigilantes who camped at the border in Dona Ana County.

Authorities said many members of the group wore badges, camouflage and other military-style clothing, often covered their faces with masks, and carried pistols and assault rifles.

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Benvie misrepresented himself as a Border Patrol agent in April 2019 when stopping and interrogating immigrants he suspected of crossing into the country illegally., according to prosecutors.