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Mexican judge cuts ammo charge against US trucker

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JUAN CARLOS LLORCA | August 23, 2012 01:10 PM EST | AP


CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — A Mexican appeals judge has significantly lessened the charge against a Dallas truck driver who says he made a wrong turn into Mexico with a trailer full of ammunition.

Jabin Bogan has been in a maximum security prison in Veracruz after crossing from West Texas into Juarez, Mexico, in April. He faced up to 30 years in prison on an ammunition trafficking charge, but the judge changed it a possession charge Thursday.

Bogan's attorney says he hopes the punishment can be reduced to a fine or community service.

The judge's decision comes after testimony from Mexican customs agents contradicted prosecutors' claim that Bogan hid 268,000 bullets under floorboards. Agents say Bogan was trying to make a U-turn back into the U.S. when they found the ammunition visible in the trailer.