A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent who got into a fight with a Boise man and pointed a gun at his head last summer will spend a year on probation after pleading guilty last week to a misdemeanor battery charge.
Israel Eureste was originally charged with felony counts of aggravated assault and using a weapon in the commission of a felony, but prosecutors dropped those charges in exchange for the guilty plea to the battery charge.
Prosecutors say the victim in the case supported the plea agreement. Eureste also has to serve 18 days at the Ada County Jail and must do 100 hours of community service, although court records are unclear where and when that will happen.
The 32-year-old Eureste is currently on unpaid suspension from his job with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection while an internal investigation is being done, officials said Monday.
Police were called to a home in the 1200 block of South Lincoln Avenue around 3 a.m. Aug. 5 to investigate a report of a fight.
The victim told police he got into an argument with Israel Eureste about broken beer bottles in the street. Eureste put him in a headlock, pulled out a loaded gun and pointed it at the mans head and told him he could pull the trigger because he was a federal agent, according to court testimony.
Prosecutors say Eureste pulled his gun out and pointed it at the victim a second time before police arrived.
Boise police say Eureste appeared very intoxicated at the time of his arrest.
Eureste was supposed to begin a jury trial on the felony charges in late March but that was cancelled after he made the plea agreement with prosecutors.
Officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed last summer that Eureste is employed as a border patrol agent in Arizona.
An agency official released this statement Monday when asked about the Eureste case.
CBP stresses honor and integrity in every aspect of our mission, and the overwhelming majority of CBP employees and officers perform their duties with honor and distinction, working tirelessly everyday to keep our country safe. We do not tolerate corruption or abuse within our ranks, and we fully cooperate with any criminal or administrative investigations of alleged misconduct by any of our personnel, on or off duty. In fact, we have put in place extensive measures to proactively prevent misconduct by employing a rigorous vetting process and conducting thorough background investigations on those we hire.