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BROWNSVILLE, Texas — A Mexican man living in the U.S. illegally has pleaded guilty to helping other immigrants be smuggled by American soldiers from Fort Hood through a border checkpoint in Texas.

Federal prosecutors say 51-year-old Victoriano Zamora-Jasso pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to transport and harbor undocumented immigrants and illegal re-entry after deportation.

The 2014 smuggling case involved four soldiers at Fort Hood. Investigators say the soldiers showed Army identification and hid immigrants under military gear while driving through the Sarita checkpoint.

All four soldiers pleaded guilty. Christopher David Wix, 21, of Abilene, was sentenced to one year in prison in July 2015. Eric Alexander Rodriguez and Brandon Troy Robbins were sentenced to one year and 20 months in prison, respectively. Yashira Marie Perez-Morales of Killeen received five years probation.

Prosecutors say Zamora-Jasso was deported in 2013 and lived in Houston after slipping back into Texas. He was indicted in 2016. He faces up to 10 years in prison when sentenced.

254-501-7552 | sullivan@kdhnews.com

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