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Archive for August 12th, 2021

Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Remembered After Fatal Crash

Photo: U.S. Border Patrol via Facebook.

By Steve Neavling

Douglas L. Hatcher was just three months from retiring from the U.S. Border Patrol when he died in an off-duty recreational vehicle crash in Texas earlier this week.  

Hatcher, 50, was a supervisory agent at the Uvalde Station in South Texas. 

He died Monday at University Hospital in San Antonio. 

“We are deeply saddened to inform you of the loss of one of our own,” the Uvalde Station said on Facebook. “He will be missed by everyone.”

Hatcher began his career in Carrizo Springs before he was transferred to Del Rio Sector.

While not working, Hatcher was a frequent volunteer, youth football coach, and father of two sons, according to Uvalde Leader-News.

“He was a good father, a good man, and a good neighbor,” Hatchher’s longtime friend and neighbor, Betty Hilderbran, said. “He always had a smile.”

First United Methodist Church member Nancy Feely recalled how Hatcher delivered a box of to-go meals to coworkers who weren’t able to attend a law enforcement appreciate dinner on July 24.

“Our deepest condolences to the entire Hatcher family,” Uvalde County Sheriff Ruben Nolasco said. “May he rest in peace. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and all the United States Border Patrol agents. May God keep y’all strong and united through these difficult times.”

Inmate Sentenced to 21 Years Behind Bars in Murder-for-Hire Plot Against U.S. Attorney, FBI Informant

Richard Robert Gilbert. Photo Spartanburg County Detention Center.

By Steve Neavling

A federal inmate has been sentenced to an additional 21 years behind bars for a murder-for-hire plot against an assistant U.S. attorney and a confidential FBI informant, the Justice Department announced this week.

Richard Robert Gilbert, a Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate, was serving a 130-month sentence for trafficking methamphetamine in Kentucky in 2017. While in prison, he used a contraband cell phone in an attempt to hire a hitman to kill the federal prosecutor and a key witness in his drug trafficking case. 

Unbeknownst to Gilbert, he was arranging the murder with an undercover FBI task force officer. As a downpayment for the hit, Gilbert sent the officer a $2,000 check from his prison canteen account. He planned to pay the rest using money from real estate investments. 

Gilbert provided maps and directions to the undercover officer. 

U.S. District Juge Henry M. Herlong, Jr., sentenced Gilbert to 262 months in prison. 

The FBI and BOP Special Investigative Services Team led the case.