A cold business
A cold business

Demi Mishel Muniz: Immigrant Smuggler Left Diabetic to Die in Ditch

The U.S. Attorney's Office has charged two people with conspiring to transport and harbor illegal aliens, but their case is more serious than that.

Prosecutors say Demi Mishel Muniz, 33, and Luis Aceituno, 26, were tranporting illegal immigrants in a van from Houston to Los Angeles when one of the illegals began getting sick.

Muniz called the man's wife -- at first, to make sure she had deposited $650 in Muniz's account, and later, to say he was getting sick.

The woman said he was diabetic and needed insulin. Muniz instead told her they were dropping him off near Amarillo.

"Muniz allegedly stated that she could not help him because she had other people in the van and needed to keep moving," prosecutors say.

The man's body was found in a ditch near the small Panhandle town of Vega.

"According to an autopsy report, the alien died from lobar pneumonia and would have survived had he received timely medical treatment," prosecutors said.

On the plus side, Muniz told the wife she did not need to deposit the $650 because they were dropping her husband off short of the agreed destination.

If convicted, each defendant faces up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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