Posted: Dec 20, 2012 6:27 PM by Associated Press
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - A Mexican national has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for engaging in alien smuggling that led to a man's death in South Texas.
U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos imposed the 57-month sentence Thursday on 20-year-old Modesto Aguilar-Hernandez.
Aguilar pleaded guilty to the offense in September. He admitted to leading a sheriff's deputy on a high-speed chase in Kleberg County in May while unlawfully transporting 13 illegal aliens to Houston in a pickup truck.
The chase ended with Aguilar driving the truck into a field with barbed wire fences. That caused a 40-year-old man in the truck to suffer a severed leg and bleed to death.
Border patrol agents and local authorities later tracked down some of the illegal aliens who had fled into the brush.
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