- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two brothers who illegally lived in the U.S. have been sentenced to several years in prison after pleading guilty to smuggling Mexican immigrants across the border.

Agustin Lopez-Guzman was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison in federal court in St. Louis. His brother Alonso was sentenced to two years in prison. Both live in the St. Louis suburb of Maryland Heights.

Federal prosecutors say the pair transported several young adults and a minor from Mexico and forced them to work in local businesses to pay off their smuggling debt.

The men were accused of threatening their victims’ family members, and Augustin Lopez-Guzman was accused of raping an unspecified number of victims “as a method of enforcement.”

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