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College student pleads guilty to running over a federal agent in South Beach

MiamiHerald / Dressed in black from head to toe, a Florida International University student choked up as she pleaded guilty Thursday to running over a federal agent on a South Beach sidewalk and fleeing in her Mercedes-Benz after a night of drinking last year.

“I know my acts have caused a lot of pain and suffering to a lot of people,” Jordana Rosales, 23, told Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman. “I want to take responsibility for that. I’m truly very sorry.”

Sitting a few feet away from Rosales was the widow of the vehicular-homicide victim, Homeland Security Investigations Agent Scott McGuire, who died days after the Jan. 15, 2016, tragedy. McGuire, 41, was from Mississippi and had worked as an HSI agent for 15 years, most recently in the New Orleans office.

“I don’t even have words to express what an amazing man he was,” Suzy Rivera, standing with the couple’s young son, told news reporters outside the courtroom after the wrenching plea hearing. “He loved his job.”

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