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Rancher, 73, Charged After Shooting Dead Illegal Mexican Trespasser


A rancher who was defending his family and property shot dead an illegal Mexican immigrant crossing through his land only a mile and a half from the border.

George Alan Kelly, 73, was arrested and charged on January 30 for fatally shooting Gabriel Cuen-Butimea, 48, as he trespassed on Kelly’s ranch in Kino Springs, Arizona.

Kelly is being held in the Santa Cruz County Jail on $1 million bail.

Cuen-Butimea, a felon, has an extensive history of illegally crossing from Mexico into the United States and had been deported back to Mexico multiple times at the expense of the American tax payer.

Border Patrol had received a call from Kelly stating that he thought he was being shot at.

This prompted Border Patrol to call local authorities about a possible active shooter situation.

Upon arrival Cuen-Butimea was found dead from one gun shot wound.

His body was only 100 yards away from Kelly’s home which he shares with his wife.

Officials say they are still trying to establish a motive.

Daily Mail reported Chief Deputy Gerardo Castillo saying:

‘It doesn’t seem like Mr. Kelly and the [victim] knew each other.’

Deadly force is allowed on one’s own property if the homeowner believes it ‘immediately necessary’ under Arizona state law.

Daily Mail also reposted that Kelly’s neighbor, Maria Castillo, has said that migrants who crossed the border are often seen coming and going around the area.

Investigators also took two assault-style rifles from Kelly’s property.

With his elderly wife now alone and unarmed, Kelly pleaded for a bond reduction at his last bail hearing.

According to Nogalas International, Kelly stated:

“She’s there by herself… nobody to take care of her, the livestock or the ranch. And I’m not going anywhere. I can’t come up with a million dollars.”

Before asking the judge to ‘consider reducing it to any degree’.


The judge said Kelly could ask his court appointed attorney to file a request.

It is currently unclear whether that request was made.

Kelly’s next court date is set for Wednesday.

There has been a dramatic increase in theft, break-ins and violence from migrants crossing the border, as it remains unsecure.


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