Monday, December 17, 2007 - 4:20 PM CST
Roofers sentenced for bringing in illegal workers

St. Louis Business Journal
Three brothers operating Golden Roofing LLC in St. Louis were each sentenced to one year in prison on charges of smuggling, transporting and harboring illegal aliens, U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway announced Monday.

Jeronimo Gutierrez of Berkeley, Mo., was sentenced last week to one year in prison; Juan Gutierrez and Jenaro Gutierrez, both of Edmundson, Mo., were sentenced Monday, also to one year each in prison.

According to Hanaway's release, the Gutierrez brothers' business is operated out of their homes in St. Louis. Their mother, Olivia Zepeda, who lives in Juventino, Mexico, recruited workers from Mexico to work for her sons in their roofing business, allegedly arranging for the workers to be smuggled across the U.S./Mexican border. Once they arrived in St. Louis, they worked for and lived with the Gutierrez brothers.