LAREDO, Texas — An undocumented immigrant who hit a border agent with a flashlight said he thought the agent was a cow, his defense lawyer said in court.
Melecio Lopez-Hernandez, a 39-year-old from Mexico who claimed he did not mean to assault the Border Patrol agent, was sentenced to a little more than five years in prison.
The defense attempted to convince the court that the immigrant thought the agent was a cow and was startled when the agent appeared. But the judge was not persuaded.
Sources told KVEO that Lopez-Hernandez was walking through the brush south of Freer, Texas, when he was encountered by a Border Patrol agent. The agent attempted to detain Lopez-Hernandez before the two got into a tussle.
During the struggle, Lopez-Hernandez dislodged a flashlight clipped to the agent’s outer vest. He then verbally threatened the agent before striking him with the flashlight.