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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Immigrant smuggler convicted, won't face death

Jurors have come back with a verdict in the case of notorious coyote Tyrone Williams:
A truck driver accused in the deaths of 19 illegal immigrants crammed into his sweltering tractor-trailer was convicted Tuesday of smuggling but was spared the death penalty. The 2003 journey was the deadliest human smuggling attempt in U.S. history. Tyrone Williams, 34, was convicted on 38 counts of transporting illegal immigrants. But because the jury could not agree on whether he bears direct responsibility for the deaths, U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore took the death penalty off the table. The judge also declared a mistrial on the remaining 20 counts of conspiracy and harboring after the jury deadlocked.
I'm glad he was convicted, but it's disappointing to see that he wasn't held directly responsible. All the guy had to do was open the doors. I'm against illegal immigration, but I'm more strongly against letting people smother to death, clawing at the inside of their death chamber.

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