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Ex-Customs officer gets prison for obstruction of justice

November 27, 2018

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer in Las Cruces has been sentenced to 366 days in prison for obstruction of justice.

Prosecutors say 32-year-old Christopher Holbrook also was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Las Cruces to two years of supervised release after his prison term.

According to Holbrook’s guilty plea, he falsified an official report regarding his use of force against a man in March 2015.

Prosecutors say Holbrook’s report falsely claimed that he used the minimum amount of force necessary to control the man.

They say Holbrook admitted that he intentionally swept the man’s legs out from under him and caused his head to hit the floor.

The victim was only identified by initials in court documents.

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