Posted: Dec 4, 2012 1:21 PM
Updated: Dec 4, 2012 5:46 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - A Corpus Christi resident who interfered with the U.S. Marshals search for a wanted fugitive could spend the next 8 years in federal prison for assaulting a marshal.
Prosecutors say 60-year-old Margarito Reyes was convicted Monday during a brief trial. Authorities say the marshals were looking for his grandson this past September when he started swinging at them. Reyes eventually grabbed a marshal's vest during a struggle.
According to prosecutors, the marshal had his weapon drawn when he was assaulted by Reyes and had to secure it in order to avoid accidentally firing the weapon. The fight resulted in cuts to Reyes' face while the marshal suffered an injury to his arm.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for February. Reyes faces up to eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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