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A South Texas militia member who in 2014 pointed a gun at a Border Patrol agent must serve 2½ years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas — A South Texas militia member who in 2014 pointed a gun at a Border Patrol agent must serve 2½ years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

John Frederick Foerster of Brownsville was sentenced Wednesday by a federal judge in Brownsville.

The 46-year-old Foerster has a 2001 burglary conviction. He pleaded guilty to having a pistol during the August 2014 incident in which prosecutors say he pointed a gun at a Border Patrol agent near Brownsville.

The agent then opened fire, believing Foerster was a smuggler. Nobody was injured.

Authorities say Foerster was part of a group of armed patrols attempting to catch immigrants allegedly trying to cross into the U.S. illegally.

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