President Bush commutes Ramos, Compean sentences.
More than three years after they shot an illegal immigrant drug smuggler-and a day before President Bush will leave the White House, former United States Border Patrol Agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos are going home.
In one of his final acts as President, Bush has commuted the sentence of the pair-who were in a Federal Courtroom just weeks ago-where they were resentenced to decade-long stretches behind bars for the shooting and the cover up that followed.
"I am very emotional over it. It's been a long struggle, I can not imagine what their families have gone through. I must admit, I was surprised, I did not expect it," said Curtis Collier with U.S. Border Watch.
After years of debate, Collier said law enforcement agents are finally getting the right message.
"I think it's certainly a good message to law enforcement. I think it will let them know that American Citizens do want true and positive law enforcement, and will stand behind them to the bitter end of they think they're right," Collier said.
As President Bush's term wound down, a number of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle in Washington called for a pardon-or at the very least for the sentences to be commuted.
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