Posted: Jan 29, 2013 7:23 PM
Updated: Jan 29, 2013 7:57 PM
EDINBURG - A judge on Tuesday certified a 17-year-old as an adult in the attempted murder case of a federal agent.
Marquez Alvarado is accused of opening fire on Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Kelton Harrison in July, 2012. Prosecutors said the teen and his brother shot at Harrison during a chase.
Bond for Alvarado was set at $50,000.
Tuesday's ruling means Alvarado could face up to 20 years in prison.
Alvarado has been in the Hidalgo County juvenile detention center since the attack. He was 16 when the incident happened, officials said. He was transferred to the county jail after the certification hearing Tuesday.
Prosecutors said Harrison and a partner were conducting surveillance near the Avalrados' home when the father and two sons chased them and opened fire. Harrison recovered from the shooting.
The father, Pedro Alvarado, and brother, Arnaldo Alvarado, are expected in federal court this week.