LAREDO (AP) — Two Guatemalan men were sentenced to federal prison for their parts in an immigrant-smuggling run that led to the deaths of two Ecuadoran men.
A Justice Department statement says 23-year-old Melvin L. Barahona-Godoy was sentenced in Laredo on Wednesday to 4 years and 9 months in prison, while 29-year-old Yoryi Alexis Perez drew a 6½-year prison term. Both had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to illegally transport immigrants resulting in death. Both will be subject to deportation after completing their prison terms.READ MORE: Dallas City Council Hires Outside Law Firm To Conduct Independent Investigation Into Major Data Loss
Federal officials found at a Laredo residence on Oct. 21, 2017, nine immigrants who were in the country illegally, one of whom was Barahona-Godoy. They say interviews established that Barahona-Godoy and Perez had guided the group across the Rio Grande the previous month. The crossing drowned two persons.READ MORE: Doctor Accused Of Hoarding Dead Kittens In Her Freezer
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