Prosecutors recently sentenced a Texas man, Manuel Barba, for trafficking a weapon connected to the murder of Immigration and Customs (ICE) Agent Jaime Zapata. Nobody was more astonished to learn of the case than Zapata's parents, who didn't know that Barba had been arrested or linked to their son's murder.
The U.S. Attorney's Office, and possibly the investigating agency, appear to be in violation of federal law requiring notification to victims of significant court proceedings and to be heard at sentencing. The USDOJ has a brochure about it here: https://www.notify.usdoj.gov/USAOVictimRights.pdf
. Where the victim is deceased, the term "victim" includes a spouse, parent, or certain other persons set out in 42 U.S.C. 10607(e)(2) available at http://openjurist.org/title-42/us-co...ces-to-victims