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Brian Terry's cousin speaks out on eve of straw buyer's sentencing

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Loved ones of a slain Border Patrol agent are speaking out. It's been almost two years since elite Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was gunned down.

His murder was linked to the Fast and Furious gun-walking fiasco.

The feds allowed straw buyers to funnel guns to Mexico in hopes of tracing them to drug cartels, but lost track along the way.

Wednesday, Jaime Avila will be sentenced in federal court. Prosecutors say he bought a gun linked to the killing of Agent Terry.

Brian Terry should have been preparing to head home to Michigan for a family Christmas this year.

Instead, his family is here to honor his memory as a casualty of the botched Fast and Furious gun-walking program.

They will be in federal court Friday, asking a judge to sentence Jaime Avila, one of 20 straw buyers, to a long prison term.

"Brian is my cousin, we grew up together in suburbs of Detroit, we both served in the Marine Corps," says Robert Heyer, Terry's cousin.

Robert remembers when Brian was little.

"Well Brian was the kid with never-ending energy, could not sit still, always had a smile, always had a twinkle in his eye. It continued as an adult."

Robert says Brian chose to join the good guys as a Border Patrol agent.

And the straw buyers who bought weapons destined for Mexican drug gangs -- they made their choice too.

"They chose to take the shopping list of deadly weapons, .50 sniper rifles, Ak-47s, M-16s and go shopping for the drug cartels."

Those straw buyers got bags full of cash, Robert Heyer says. Now he wants them to get long prison terms.

"These men had the choice not to walk in and buy these weapons but they chose to. They were greedy. They benefited from it and now they are being held accountable in a court of law."

The family of Agent Terry has created a website in his memory -- honorbrianterry.com.

They want the Fast and Furious investigation to continue.

Straw buyer Jaime Avila, who bought a weapon linked to Agent Terry's death, could receive nearly 10 years when he is sentenced.

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