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US Sentences 2 in Murder of US DEA Agent in Colombia

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FILE - Police present to the press alleged gang member Edgar Murillo, alias Payaso, front center, who was arrested along with three other men, behind left, in connection with the murder of U.S. DEA Special Agent James "Terry" Watson at police headquarters

FILE - Police present to the press alleged gang member Edgar Murillo, alias Payaso, front center, who was arrested along with three other men, behind left, in connection with the murder of U.S. DEA Special Agent James "Terry" Watson at police headquarters

The last two defendants in the 2013 kidnapping and murder of a U.S. drug agent in Colombia were given long prison terms in a U.S. federal court Monday.

Edgar Javier Bello Murillo was sentenced to more than 36 years in prison. Co-defendant Omar Fabian Valdes Gualtero was given a 29-year term.

Both had pleaded guilty to charges of picking up special agent James "Terry" Watson in a taxi in Bogota and stabbing him. Watson managed to escape but later collapsed and died from his wounds.

Five other co-defendants were also extradited from Colombia to the U.S. are already serving long prison terms.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called Watson a courageous and patriotic law enforcement agent.

"Although our prosecution of his heinous attackers has come to its rightful close, the Department of Justice will never rest in our efforts to honor Special Agent Watson's life of service and sacrifice by upholding and values that he served to protect," Holder said.

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