- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - A man from Mexico has been sentenced to 12½ years in prison for taking part in a human smuggling operation that resulted in the death of a woman.

Prosecutors say 32-year-old Victor Manuel Moreno-Ruiz had pleaded guilty for serving as a foot guide responsible for smuggling a group of individuals into the United States near the South Texas city of Pharr in August 2014.

An investigator testified at Moreno-Ruiz’s sentencing hearing Monday that a woman who was part of the group that Moreno-Ruiz helped smuggle into the country fell from a bridge and was severely injured. Officials say Moreno-Ruiz had the woman moved from the main road to a brushy area so as not to compromise the smuggling route.

The woman’s body was discovered by officers the next day.


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