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Accomplice in Border Patrol agent’s death pleads guilty

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Ismael Hernandez Vallejo (Source: File Photo)

**Editors Note: Script has been updated to include statement from Willacy County.**

CBS 4 has learned that the accomplice to the death of Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega, Jr., was sentenced to 50 years behind bars on Tuesday.

Ismael Hernandez Vallejo was scheduled for a pre-trial hearing in the 197th district courtroom on Tuesday. During that hearing, Vallejo plead guilty to capital murder and attempted capital murder.

It was in August of 2014 when Javier “Harvey” Vega Jr was fishing with his family. When Hernandez Vallejo and Gustavo Tijerina-Sandoval shot Vega and his father while at a fishing spot in Willacy County.

Vega died as a result of the shooting. Vega’s father survived his injuries.

Tijerina-Sandoval was sentenced to death in June 2018 after three weeks of testimony.

We’re told it was an emotional hearing, where Vega Jr.’s family and border patrol agents were present.

Annette C. Hinojosa, Willacy County and District Attorney, released a statement on Wednesday saying, 

This has been a long ordeal for the family, friends, and co-workers of Harvey Vega and Javier Vega, a suffering that no family should ever have to endure. While there is no comfort for the tremendous loss and pain felt by the family and loved ones of Harvey Vega and Javier Vega, the sentencing of these defendants brings closure to this chapter. We take this opportunity to ask the public to remember Harvey Vega- a family man –son, husband, father, brother– a Border Patrol agent, a Marine, a friend to many. We ask you to honor Harvey’s life, how he served, and how he lived.


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