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article imageDriver found guilty in deadly human smuggling case

By Iamseven     Dec 4, 2006 in Crime
A truck driver was convicted Monday for his role in the nation's deadliest human smuggling attempt, in which 19 illegal immigrants died from dehydration, overheating and suffocation.
A truck driver was convicted Monday for his role in the nation's deadliest human smuggling attempt, in which 19 illegal immigrants died from dehydration, overheating and suffocation.
The trial's punishment phase began immediately and jurors will decide whether the driver, Tyrone Williams, should be sentenced to death.
The federal jury convicted Williams of 58 counts for the transport and deaths of illegal immigrants during a May 2003 smuggling attempt.
His sweltering tractor-trailer was packed with more than 70 immigrants who scraped at the insulation, broke out the tail-lights and screamed for help escaping the tomb-like trailer.
Prosecutors said Williams was responsible for the deaths because he didn't free the immigrants or turn on the trailer's air conditioning, which could have saved their lives.
I don't think he should get the death penalty, for several reasons. He should be punished, no doubt, but no else being tried in the case is even facing the death penalty. I think getting in the back of a tractor-trailer with more than 70 other people is taking a risk and if you take that risk, you are responsible for what happens to you. Sad story, nonetheless.
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