Two former U.S. Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting a fleeing drug smuggler were released from prison Tuesday and allowed to return to their homes in El Paso.
Jose Compean, 32, and Ignacio Ramos, 40, served roughly two years of their respective 12-year and 11-year prison sentences before President George W. Bush commuted their sentences Jan. 19, his last full day in office.
The commutation is scheduled to take effect March 20. Compean, who was held in a federal facility in Ohio, and Ramos, who was housed in Arizona, will serve out the remaining weeks of their prison sentences under home confinement, according to their attorneys. The former agents had been held in solitary confinement for their own safety.
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