Prison for smuggler after 2015 Texas wreck, 2 immigrants die
MCALLEN, Texas (AP) - A South Texas man identified by prosecutors as leader of a human smuggling ring must serve nearly 22 years in federal prison over a 2015 wreck that left two immigrants dead.
Osvaldo Gonzalez of Mission was sentenced Tuesday in McAllen. The 26-year-old Gonzalez in November pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport immigrants. He awaits sentencing in another immigrant harboring case and for being a felon possessing a firearm.
Investigators say Gonzalez in November 2015 was on the lookout for officers when a pickup truck, transporting 13 immigrants, veered into oncoming traffic, crashed and rolled near Mission. One immigrant died at the scene. Another died later.
The driver pleaded guilty to smuggling-related counts and was sentenced last month to eight years in prison.
Prosecutors say the immigrants were bound for Houston.
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