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© Terry's mother, Josephine, is in the middle. The other woman is one of Terry's sisters. (Courtroom sketch by Maggie Keane) © Terry's mother, Josephine, is in the middle. The other woman is one of Terry's sisters. (Courtroom sketch by Maggie Keane)
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© Josephine Terry addresses the court. (Courtroom sketch by Maggie Keane) © Josephine Terry addresses the court. (Courtroom sketch by Maggie Keane)
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TUCSON, AZ (CBS5/KOLD/AP) -

A Mexican man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison in the 2010 killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent that revealed the botched gun-smuggling investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious.

Manuel Osorio-Arellanes was sentenced Monday afternoon after pleading guilty in Brian Terry's shooting death.

The court gave him credit for the three years he's served in prison already. He spoke in Spanish, saying he was sorry and didn't mean for anybody to get hurt. His family was there but didn't talk.

Terry's cousin, Robert Heyer, told the media outside the courtroom, "We do not celebrate this sentence today. But we acknowledge justice. It's been long awaited."

Osorio-Arellanes is one of five suspects in the December 2010 shooting death of Terry in the desert outside Rio Rico.

Assault rifles found at the scene were traced to the Justice Department's Operation Fast and Furious gun tracking sting.

While Osorio-Arellanes did not fire the fatal shot, he was party to the commission of a crime during which Terry was killed.

Prosecutors say Osorio-Arellanes and four other men had crossed the border into Arizona from Mexico in order to rob marijuana smugglers.

There was a gun battle during which Terry was shot.

He died at the scene.

Agents caught Osorio-Arellanes because he was wounded and couldn't get away.

Two other suspects are in custody in Mexico, two are still on the loose.

Terry's family was in Tucson for the sentencing. His mother and two sisters emerged from the courtroom emotionally drained.

All three women addressed the court. Terry's mother, Josephine, broke down the second she approached the podium. Her voice cracking, she choked back tears as she told the judge that for 40 years she had the privilege and honor to be Brian Terry's mom.

Josephine Terry talked about the pain of the last few years and the reality that she will never see her son's face again or hear him say, "I love you."

Brian Terry's younger sister did say outside the courtroom paled in comparison to her 20 minutes before the judge.

She even turned to the defendant, called him by name, and said, "Manuel, you have taken a hero from us but what you will never be able to take is his honor."

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-AZ, issued the following statement in the wake of Monday's sentencing:

"I hope today's sentencing brings some degree of solace to Brian Terry's family. But justice is not yet achieved. There are others directly involved in this murder who haven't been tried in U.S. courts and there are government officials who continue to deny responsibility for, and prior knowledge of, Operation Fast and Furious. 

"Agent Terry's death is a stain on the federal government, and as a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, I will continue to do everything in my power to hold those officials responsible in order to prevent a tragedy like this from ever occurring again."

Copyright 2014 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved. CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation) and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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