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Couple receives months for their role in illegal immigrate smuggling

A couple from Mission, Texas who plead guilty before a U.S. Court District judge were read their sentences Monday afternoon. Three months ago, they pled guilty to conspiring to hire illegal aliens to work in their tavern. They hired women to work at barmaid, but many times they were forced to work as prostitutes, a source was told.

The 54-year-old male was sentenced to fifteen months in federal prison. He has no chance for parole. He also received two years under supervision because of the federal human smuggling charges against him.

The 43-year-old female received two years of probation, as well as receiving a sentence of six more months of house arrests, a friend said. The woman could face deportation after serving her time because she is an illegal immigrant.

The couple has three sons together. The sons were at the sentence hearing, in support of their parents. The woman asked the judge to keep her sons in mind when giving her sentences.

U.S. immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents arrested the couple. The couple owned the El Centenario Bar, northwest of Mission. The prosecution’s case included testimony from the illegal bar maids in the case against the couple.

The women had been deported when their former bosses plead guilty to the charges. The case shows at least eight women who worked at El Centenario Bar, according to a court reporter. Three of the women were living with the couple in an apartment.

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