U.S. trucker guilty in immigrant deaths

Via Reuters
12/04/2006

HOUSTON (Reuters) – A U.S. jury convicted a truck driver on Monday
for his role in the deadliest known illegal human smuggling case in
which 19 immigrants died in a verdict that could result in his being
put to death.

Tyrone Williams, 35, a legal Jamaican immigrant
living in Schenectady, New York, was convicted in U.S. District Court
in Houston of 58 counts, including conspiracy, harboring and
transporting at least 74 illegal immigrants in the deadly 2003 incident.

Starting
Wednesday, the same jury will decide whether he gets death or a lesser
sentence, deliberations that could take at least a week. Under a 1996
U.S. law, smugglers can be sentenced to death if illegal immigrants die
in transport.

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