SAN DIEGO — Two smugglers who admitted responsibility for the death of a mother of five who was crossing the border illegally have been sentenced to more than three years in prison each.
Jorge Zamudio Velasquez, 29, and Sergio Juarez Torres, 32, were sentenced by a federal district court last month. The sentences were 46 months for Velasquez and 40 months for Torres.
Velasquez and Torres had pleaded guilty in January to immigrant smuggling resulting in the death of Maria Isabel Pacheco Madera.
Velasquez and Torres were, according to reports, smuggling Madera, her five children and others across the border west of Ocotillo in August of last year.