Albany Man Convicted of Impersonating A Border Agent
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal jury in New Mexico has convicted a Minnesota man accused of impersonating a U.S. Border Patrol agent last year.
Prosecutors say 45-year-old James Christopher Benvie of Albany was found guilty of two counts and faces up to three years in prison on each count. His sentencing date hasn't been set yet.
According to public court records and evidence at trial, Benvie was a leader and spokesperson for a group of vigilantes who established a "camp" at the Southwest border in New Mexico's Dona Ana County.
Many members of the group wore badges, camouflage and other military-style clothing, often covered their faces with masks and carried pistols and assault rifles.