Man sentenced to 571 months for attempted murder of Border Patrol agent

Man sentenced to 571 months for attempted murder of Border Patrol agent

MIDLAND, TX (KCBD) - A Midland, TX man was sentenced to more than 47 years in federal prison for the attempted murder of a Border Patrol agent in June 2014.

According to officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Carl Wayne Wiley, 50, Wiley was wanted on State charges for murder and attempted murder in Midland, TX, and was on the lam. In the early morning hours of June 29, 2014, Wiley was spotted by Border Patrol agents in Sanderson, TX.  Wiley took the agents on a high speed chase before he crashed his vehicle.  He ran into the brush and avoided arrest by stealing an ATV, then a pickup truck, as well as several firearms from nearby ranches.

On June 30, 2014, an off duty Comstock Border Patrol Agent saw Wiley driving East on Highway 90 near the Comstock Border Patrol checkpoint.  Approximately four miles north of Comstock, an agent tried to pull him over. When the agent turned on his lights and sirens, Wiley crashed through a ranch fence and continued driving across the pasture further into the ranch. The vehicle stopped after crashing into a tree. Wiley then ran into the brush.

During a foot chase, Wiley fired his weapon at an agent who was closing in on him, then fired again at a group of agents who were approaching him. The agents were eventually able to surround Wiley. He finally dropped his weapon and was arrested.

In February 2016, a jury convicted Wiley of one count of attempting to kill one or more U.S. Border Patrol agents, one count of assaulting, resisting, opposing, impeding, or interfering with one or more U.S. Border Patrol agents with a deadly weapon, two counts of using a .45 caliber Ruger revolver, and one count of assaulting, resisting, or impeding U.S. Border Patrol agents.

In addition to the prison term, United States District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle ordered that Wiley be placed on supervised release for three years after completing his prison term.

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