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Stash house operator sentenced to 9 years for involvement in fatal smuggling case

San Antonio police officers investigate the scene Sunday, July 23, 2017, where eight people were found dead in a tractor-trailer loaded with at least 30 others outside a Walmart store in stifling summer heat in what police are calling a horrific human trafficking case, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)grants in

SAN ANTONIO -- A federal judge sentenced a man to 108 months, or 9 years, in prison for his involvement in a human smuggling scheme that resulted in the death of 10 immigrants in July 2017.

Pedro Silva Segura, 47, admitted to operating a stash house in Laredo that he used as a holding area for the immigrants. About five undocumented immigrants left the house on July 22, 2017 and were delivered to truck driver James Matthew Bradley Jr., 61, with its destination being San Antonio. Bradley pleaded guilty in October 2017 and was sentenced to life in prison in April of this year.

Court records revealed the San Antonio Police Department responded to a Wal-Mart store at 8538 I-35 shortly after midnight on July 23, 2017. Authorities discovered 39 undocumented immigrants in the tractor-trailer. Eight people were found dead at the scene and two later died at the hospital. Four minors were unaccompanied by an adult. The immigrants estimated the trailer contained between 70 and 200 people during transport, according to court records.

On March 8, Segura pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to transport undocumented immigrants resulting in death. He will serve 9 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release.

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