By MARIO RENTERÍA
SAN DIEGO — Two Mexican nationals were sentenced by a federal court here Tuesday after they pleaded guilty to felony alien smuggling resulting in two deaths in a case that stemmed from a smuggling operation in the Imperial Valley.
Martin Ozuna Hernandez, 32, and Leopoldo Perez Martinez, 48, were sentenced to jail terms of 46 months for Ozuna and 37 months for Perez for a smuggling incident in which two immigrants died.
The incident occurred July 10 about 13 miles west of Calexico. According to earlier reports, Perez and Ozuna were serving as guides to a group of 16 immigrants.