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12-21-2012, 01:02 AM #1
TX - Mexican national gets nearly five years in prison for human smuggling that left
Mexican national gets nearly five years in prison for human smuggling that left man dead in Kleberg County
By Katherine Rosenberg
Posted December 20, 2012 at 6:37 p.m., updated December 20, 2012 at 6:38 p.m.
CORPUS CHRISTI — A man received a nearly five-year sentence for his conviction on human smuggling, which led to the death of a 40-year-old man.
Modesto Aguilar-Hernandez, 20, a Mexican national, was convicted of smuggling and entered a guilty plea Sept. 20. He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos to federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release.
Aguilar-Hernandez in an earlier hearing admitted that on May 22 he was taking 13 undocumented immigrants to Houston in a pickup, officials said. Aguilar-Hernandez was driving through Kleberg County when a sheriff’s deputy attempted a traffic stop. Aguilar-Hernandez led the deputy on a high-speed chase that ended with Aguilar driving the truck into a field, through several barbed-wire fences.
The man who died was found in the bed of the truck. Officials believe that one of the strands of wire severed his leg. When Aguilar-Hernandez eventually stopped the vehicle, almost all the occupants fled, but the victim and his son remained in the truck, where the man died of blood loss.
Aguilar-Hernandez has been in custody since his arrest and will be transferred to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined.
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