Mexican pleads guilty in human smuggling by Texas soldiers

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Posted: Jan 30, 2018 3:29 PM

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Mexican man living in the U.S. illegally has pleaded guilty to helping other immigrants be smuggled by American soldiers through a border checkpoint in Texas.

Federal prosecutors say 51-year-old Victoriano Zamora-Jasso pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to transport and harbor immigrants and illegal re-entry after deportation.

The 2014 case involved four soldiers at Fort Hood, in Central Texas, being paid at least $1,200 per smuggled immigrant. The soldiers showed Army identification and hid immigrants under military gear while driving through the Sarita (suh-REE'-tuh) checkpoint.

The soldiers were convicted and sentenced to penalties ranging from probation to 20 months in prison.

Zamora-Jasso was deported in 2013, then lived in Houston after slipping back into Texas. He was indicted in 2016. He faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced.