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Man sentenced to 15 years for helping recruit truck driver in smuggling deaths case

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HOUSTON (AP) _ The sentence is 15 years in prison for a man convicted of conspiracy in the nation's deadliest case of human smuggling. Prosecutors say 27-year-old Fredy Giovanni Garcia-Tobar helped recruit the trucker who hauled more than 70 illegal immigrants in a sweltering trailer.

Nineteen people died in the smuggling run that ended near Victoria, Texas, in May 2003. Last week, truck driver Tyrone Williams was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of 58 counts of conspiracy, harboring and transporting immigrants. Williams escaped a possible death sentence.

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