Human Smuggler Gets A Longer Sentence

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There was a bit of an uproar two years ago when one of the ringleaders of a notorious smuggling effort that resulted in 19 deaths was sentenced to only the 33 months she had already served.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a new sentencing for Norma Gonzalez Sanchez, and the results came down today -- seven years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release.

On the bright side, she'll still get credit for those 33 months.

Sanchez was one of the human smugglers whose dead cargo was found in a tractor-trailer in Victoria in May 2003.

After a trial, U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore gave her the time-served sentence; the feds objected. Gilmore recused herself this summer, and the new sentence was handed down by U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes.

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