MCALLEN (AP) — A South Texas man was sentenced to more than four years in federal prison after he was convicted on charges related to ramming a Border Patrol vehicle during a human smuggling attempt.

Victor Eduardo Acevedo-Ventura was sentenced on Tuesday during a federal court hearing in McAllen.

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He had pleaded guilty last year to charges of smuggling and assaulting a federal agent.

Prosecutors say Acevedo-Ventura, from the South Texas city of Edinburg, had been caught in October 2017 trying to smuggle six immigrants who had illegally entered the U.S.

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The 24-year-old Acevedo-Ventura fled the scene near the Falfurrias Border Patrol checkpoint but later twice slammed his car into a Border Patrol vehicle that pursued him.

No Border Patrol agents were severely injured.


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