CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 22-year-old Houston woman has admitted it smuggling of a group of nine illegal aliens that left one deceased, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced Thursday that Karin Yamilec Aguilar-Melgor pleaded guilty with her set sentencing for Oct. 1. She faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
According to court documents, Border Patrol agents observed individuals getting into a red Ford pickup truck on a farm road near Falfurrias around 3:30 a.m. on Feb. 25. Finding the activity suspicious, the agents approached the vehicle, which then fled the area.
The agents remained at the scene and apprehended one illegal alien, court documents state. The pickup truck was located five miles away, which had crashed into a tree on FM 2191.
At the scene, eight more illegal aliens were discovered as well as Aguilar-Melgor, the driver, court documents state. One of the illegal aliens subsequently died due to injuries sustained in the accident.
Aguilar-Melgor was arrested at the scene and has remained in custody since that time.