A Border Patrol agent accused of intentionally hitting a migrant with his work vehicle has taken a plea deal

  • Agent Matthew Bowen admitted guilt in exchange for a misdemeanor charge and no more than one year in prison, court records show.
  • Bowen admitted intentionally hitting the victim with his truck in a December 4, 2017, text message to a fellow agent, according to court papers.
  • The agent had sought to prevent prosecutors from introducing his text message at trial, court records show.
  • But prosecutors argued that his text messages should be admissible because they show that he intentionally ran over the migrant with his service vehicle and then lied about the incident in a report.
  • In multiple text messages, Bowen allegedly expressed his discontent with the limitations of Border Patrol and his "disgust" with the migrants he encountered during work.
  • According to court records, Bowen sent a text to a fellow agent two weeks prior to the December incident that said, "mindless murdering savages.

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