- Associated Press - Thursday, July 9, 2015

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A former Fort Hood soldier who used his U.S. Army identification to move illegally smuggled immigrants through an immigration checkpoint has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison.

Christopher David Wix of Abilene could have received up to 10 years in federal prison for his guilty plea to conspiracy to transport and harbor immigrants brought into the United States illegally.

In sentencing the 21-year-old defendant Thursday in Brownsville, U.S. District Judge Hilda Tagle said she took his youth into consideration in assessing a shorter prison term.

Two other Fort Hood soldiers, Eric Alexander Rodriguez of Odem and Brandon Troy Robbins of San Antonio, along with Arnoldo Gracia of Harlingen also have pleaded guilty to charges and are scheduled for sentencing Aug. 4.

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