U.S. appeals court rules family can sue U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of shooting, killing Juarez teen

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Agent Jesus Mesa Jr. shot Sergio Hernandez Guereca, 15, in 2010 after claiming the teen threw rocks at him from Mexico

Monday, June 30, 2014 - 11:46pm

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Monday that a U.S. Border Patrol agent will be held accountable for shooting and killing a Juarez teen.

On June 7, 2010 Border Patrol Agent Jesus Mesa Jr. shot 15-year-old Sergio Hernandez Guereca in the face, killing him.

The teen was playing with his friends on the Mexican side of the U.S. Mexico border when Mesa claims the teens threw rocks at him.

Mesa said he fired his gun in self-defense.

The teen's parents filed a lawsuite against Mesa, his supervisors and the federal government.

All were cleared, until Monday when the appeals court reversed the judgement for Mesa, and sent the case back down to the lower courts, allowing the teen's family to sue Mesa.

The complete ruling is attached below this story.

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