Human smuggler gets life in prison

HOUSTON (AP) – A truck driver was spared the death penalty and sentenced to life in prison Thursday for his role in the nation’s deadliest human smuggling attempt a journey that ended in the deaths of 19 illegal immigrants crammed in a sweltering tractor-trailer.

Tyrone Williams, 36, was convicted last month on 58 counts of conspiracy, harboring and transporting immigrants.

More than 70 immigrants were locked for hours inside his trailer during the 2003 trip from South Texas to Houston.

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