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    Woman sentenced to time served in smuggling deaths-19 dead

    Woman sentenced to time served in smuggling deaths
    By: JUAN A. LOZANO, ASSOCIATED PRESS ... 9392&rfi=6


    HOUSTON - A woman was sentenced Monday to time served for her role in the nation's deadliest human smuggling attempt that killed 19 illegal immigrants who crammed into a sweltering trailer.

    Norma Gonzalez Sanchez, 45, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for harboring and transporting illegal immigrants and causing serious injury or death as a result. She pleaded guilty to the charges in November 2004.

    Sanchez already served 33 months in prison since her arrest.

    Her attorney, Wendell Odom, said he expected his client to be released late Monday.

    Prosecutors had wanted a stiffer penalty for Sanchez, who faced up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine. They said Sanchez helped arrange the smuggling of more than 70 immigrants into the United States from Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic.

    The immigrants were abandoned at a truck stop near Victoria, about 100 miles southwest of Houston, in May 2003. Seventeen were found dead at the scene, and two others died later from dehydration, heat and suffocation.

    Sanchez used a Mexican restaurant she owned to set up smuggling arrangements and collect fees from immigrants, prosecutors said.

    During sentencing, U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore ruled that Sanchez could not reasonably foresee that the other members of the smuggling ring would have placed the immigrants in danger by putting them in the trailer.

    In all, 14 people were indicted in the case. Five were convicted and six pleaded guilty. Charges against two were dismissed and one man remains a fugitive.

    Prosecutors want to retry the truck's driver, Tyrone Williams, who was convicted of transporting illegal immigrants, on other counts that could bring the death penalty.
    It's like hell vomited and the Bush administration appeared.

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    Another one I can't believe

    he judge says, " the defendant couldn't forsee that her cargo, the illegals, would be put in a dangerous situation by the other smugglers...."

    This judge has her head where sun doesnt shine...and has obviously never read an ALIPAC article....

    Another official out of touch with reality.

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    Woman re-sentenced to 7 years for role in smuggling deaths
    Prosecutors had appealed original sentence in Victoria truck fatalities, saying less than 3 years wasn't enough
    Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle
    Oct. 6, 2008, 6:28PM

    A woman incarcerated for nearly three years for her role in the fatal smuggling attempt of 19 illegal immigrants will have to return to federal prison, a judge ruled Monday.

    U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes re-sentenced Norma Gonzalez Sanchez, 48, to 84 months for her involvement in a smuggling conspiracy that resulted in the deaths in May 2003. The bodies of the 19 were found inside an abandoned trailer near Victoria.

    U.S. Attorney Don DeGabrielle's office appealed the original 33-month sentence to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The appellate court found it was "unreasonable" for U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore to have sentenced Gonzalez Sanchez to less than three years in prison.

    The case was sent back for re-sentencing. It was assigned to Hughes after Gilmore recused herself.

    Gonzalez Sanchez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport and harbor undocumented immigrants illegally under circumstances which placed the lives of people in jeopardy and caused serious bodily injury and death, according to DeGabrielle's office.

    She will receive credit for the 33 months she has already spent in prison. Gonzalez Sanchez was ordered to voluntarily surrender to the marshal service on Oct. 20.
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    The case was sent back for re-sentencing. It was assigned to Hughes after Gilmore recused herself.
    Hmm...based upon the original sentence, it appears that Gilmore had a soft spot for those who smuggled illegal invaders into this country.

    This woman should have been given LIFE!
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