Posted: Mar 22, 2013 3:11 PM by Mike Manzoni -- email@example.com
Updated: Mar 22, 2013 6:00 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- A Sarita woman was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to three months in prison and three months home confinement for her involvement in transporting a group of undocumented immigrants over the summer.
Sandra Miller, who last September plead guilty to transporting ten undocumented immigrants, was sentenced to a total of six months and two years of supervised release. At the time of her arrest, Miller was married to Kenedy Conuty Justice of the Peace Jerry Miller.
Miller fought through tears as she read from a prepared statement in court, saying she "...realized how wrong and how stupid I was," to smuggle undocumented workers. Miller added that she went through a divorce, lost her house and jobs as a volunteer firefighter and Christian singer after she was arrested.
Miller was pulled over near Rivera July 2 after a state trooper noticed her license plate lamp was out. The trooper found ten undocumented workers inside and two passengers, including Miller. The immigrants, authorities said, were from Ecuador, Honduras and Guatemala.
Federal prosecutors recommended nine months in prison while Miller's attorney, Ron Barroso, recommended either probation or home confinement.
Judge Nelva Ramos ultimately agreed to impose a split sentence.
Miller, who is still out on bond, spoke with reporters outside the courthouse after her sentencing. "I just want to thank everybody for praying for me and my family," she said. "God is really good, and I take full responsibility for my actions."
Barroso said he didn't know when Miller would start her sentence, but said it will most likely be at a women's prison.
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