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Border Patrol Inspector Theodore L. Newton, Jr. | United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

Border Patrol Inspector

Theodore L. Newton, Jr.

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Saturday, June 17, 1967

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 1 year

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: California

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Denied parole in 2006

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Inspector Theodore Newton and Inspector George Azrak were shot and killed after being abducted from a traffic checkpoint on Highway 79 near Oak Grove, California. The ensuing investigation determined that the two had stopped a vehicle with over 800 pounds of marijuana. While searching the vehicle they were overpowered and taken to a remote cabin in a deserted mountainous area. The two had been handcuffed together and were shot and killed as they lay on the ground. Their bodies were found two days later.

Four subjects were arrested in connection with the murders one month later. Two of the men were sentenced to 30 years in prison and were released in 1980. The other two were sentenced to life in prison. One of those two was paroled in 1998 and the remaining suspect was denied parole in 2006.

Inspector Newton had been with the agency for one year. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.

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Border Patrol Inspector George F. Azrak
United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Saturday, June 17, 1967
Cause: Gunfire

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I was very young when this happened and can remember family members. Talking about this. I live on the east coast and alma ted's mother was my aunt. I'm trying to track family I have never seen. Thank you and blessings to the family of Ted. Ricky Lewis

Ricky Lewis
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December 10, 2016

 

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