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Man gets 50 years behind bars for fatal police ambush during 2012 Juarez drug war

December 29, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Man gets 50 years behind bars for fatal police ambush during 2012 Juarez drug war

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On Monday, a Mexican court sentenced a man to 50 years behind bars for his role in an ambush that murdered a police officer and wounded one other during the height of  Juarez drug war back in 2012.

Jovanny Peña Rangel, also known as Oscar Gonzalez Garcia, was found guilty on charges of homicide and attempted murder, according to the Chihuahua attorney general’s office.

In February of 2012, two police officers were shot after gunmen opened fire on a patrol car in west Juárez, the El Paso Times reported.

One police officer, Agustin Rios Rosas, was killed in the firefight and his partner had been severely injured.

Another man who was reportedly involved in the ambush succumbed to his injuries hours later at a maternity clinic, where the other attackers had dropped him after he was shot.

The conflict transpired during a raging war between the Sinaloa and Juarez drug cartels, during which a surge of attacks targeting Juárez police was frequent.

In January 2012, approximately ten banners were hung in various parts of the city threatening the Juárez Police Chief at the time, Julián Leyzaola, and threatened to kill one police officer per day.

By early February, at least eight police officers were killed in a myriad of attacks.

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