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A teary homecoming

Spokeswoman describes emotional return of former agent convicted of shooting man and trying to cover it up.

February 18, 2009|By Paul Anderson

“That was important. We thought he should look good. He needed to walk out of there with his head held high,” Setmayer said. “When he walked through those doors he was smiling ear to ear. He walked up to Monica, gave her a big hug and said, ‘I love you,’ and she said, ‘I love you, too.’ He hugged David Botsford and then he saw me, said, ‘Tara,’ gave me a big hug and I said, ‘I kept my promise, Nacho.’ ‘You sure did,’ he said. And then we started to cry. Everyone cried tears of joy.”

Much of the rest of their way home was like that — smiles, laughs, tears as they celebrated and Monica, Setmayer and Botsford did interviews. Ramos and Compean may not talk to reporters until their sentences end in March.

Setmayer doesn’t have as much contact with Compean’s family as they’ve preferred to take a more low-key approach throughout, but she said Ramos and Botsford plan to keep up the legal fight to clear his name for as long as they can.

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“For me, the gravity of what we accomplished didn’t hit me until yesterday,” Setmayer said. “It’s nothing short of amazing. We got Ramos and Compean commuted and Scooter Libby wasn’t pardoned? I mean, you’ve got to be kidding me. We bucked the president, the Mexican government ... We were able to break through all that to save these two men.”


City Editor PAUL ANDERSON may be reached at (714) 966-4633 or at paul.anderson@latimes.com.

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