Convicted Border Patrol Agent Speaks Out

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EL PASO, Texas (AP) - One of two former Border Patrol agents convicted of shooting and wounding a drug smuggling suspect and
then concealing the evidence says he's confident his appeal will be

Jose Alonso Compean said at a rally Saturday at San Jacinto Plaza held in support of him and another agent, Ignacio Ramos, that he was not thinking about Wednesday -- when his sentence is set to begin.

He said, "If I think about it, it's going to ruin the amount of time that I have left with my family."

Compean was ordered to serve 12 years in prison. Ramos was sentenced to 11 years and one day.

The men were ordered to report to prison by Wednesday.

The rally was one of about 10 in cities across the nation Saturday in support of the two.

Meanwhile, advocates and family members are trying to keep them out of prison through either a motion to U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone to allow the former agents to remain free on bond during an appeal, or a presidential pardon.

Compean and Ramos were found guilty in a jury trial before Cardone of violating the civil rights of Osvaldo Aldrete Davila by shooting him, then tampering with evidence by picking up shell casings from the shooting.