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June 10, 2010


(LAREDO, Texas) - Alfredo Segura-Guel, a resident alien residing in Rio Bravo, Texas, has been sentenced to the statutory maximum of 10 years in prison for the transportation of illegal aliens for financial gain, United States Attorney José Angel Moreno announced today.

Segura-Guel, 48, and co-defendant, Maria Trinidad Lopez, 26, also of Rio Bravo, the last two of four persons charged and convicted following an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigation into a human smuggling conspiracy that resulted in the death of a Mexican national in the brush near Hebbronville, Texas, in June 2009, were sentenced by United States District Judge Micaela Alvarez on Tuesday, June 8, 2010. Segura-Guel and Lopez were each convicted in January 2010 after pleading guilty to transporting undocumented aliens for financial gain. Segura-Guel was sentenced to the maximum statutory penalty for the offense of conviction, while Lopez was sentenced to 84 months incarceration. Segura-Guel and Lopez were also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $14,543.

On June 22, 2009, Segura-Guel arranged for the transportation of nine undocumented aliens, which included a guide who would take the group through the brush to a ranch, circumventing a Border Patrol checkpoint. Once at the ranch, Segura-Guel would arrange for further transportation north. During the eight-hour walk through the brush, the victim felt ill, but the guide informed the group they could not stop walking. Shortly after, when the victim could no longer walk, the guide left the group in the brush. The victim was carried by the group to a nearby road where she later died from heat exhaustion. 

The two other defendants charged and convicted in this case of harboring illegal aliens, Concepcion Jimenez Coello, 29, and Edwin R. Rodriguez Jimenez, 21, both Mexican nationals, were sentenced in April 2010 to 41 months incarceration each.

Assistant United States Attorneys Brian Sardelli and Michael C. Elliott prosecuted the case.



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