Mexican national sentenced to federal prison for crash that killed seven migrants


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Mexican man who killed seven undocumented immigrants in a 2019 crash was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison on Thursday.

Ivan Dario Puga-Moreno, 31, was arrested and charged with conspiracy to transport undocumented immigrants into the United States and causing death or serious bodily injury after the crash that left seven dead and 10 injured on June 5, 2019, in Robstown, Texas.

In total, Puga-Moreno attempted to transport 18 undocumented immigrants through the country.

With the help of four other individuals, he fled the scene and went to Houston, where he was apprehended the following day.

Puga-Moreno, pleaded guilty in February, admitting he was driving the vehicle and evading police before crashing.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos ordered Puga-Moreno to serve a total of 10 years in prison. Additionally, he is expected to face removal proceedings following the term of imprisonment.

The four individuals who assisted with Puga-Moreno’s evasion pleaded guilty and are set for sentencing at a later date.

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