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Mexican national sentenced to life for human smuggling death

September 15, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican national sentenced to life for human smuggling death

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A Mexican native, who was living in Houston, Texas, illegally  was sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars in a U.S. prison for human smuggling,  causing the death of at two of the trafficked immigrants and kidnapping of two women, one of who was killed.

In May, Noe Aranda-Soto also known as ‘Diablo,’  pleaded guilty to kidnapping resulting in death, use of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime resulting in death and conspiracy to transport immigrants into the U.S. illegally for private financial gain resulting in death.and appeared before District Court Judge John D. Rainey, who handed the man three life sentences.

The judge said Aranda-Soto was an illustration of the hazards faced by those who decide to place themselves in the hands of human traffickers. As part of his plea agreement, he outlined the facts encompassing his case which resulted in his life sentence.

Between 2010 and 2012, Aranda-Soto managed a human smuggling enterprise with a focus on hostage stealing. He would transport the migrants, who had spent thousands for his services, from stash houses in the Rio Grande Valley to other residences in the Houston area.

In an incident that took place back in 2010, his brother was operating a vehicle packed with illegal immigrants. He lost control of the vehicle, causing the immediate death of one person. A second victim died from exposure after being left behind.

A third person is still suffering from permanent impediments after spending almost a year in a coma, according to Breitbart Texas.

Aranda-Soto was pulled over by police officers only a few days later, but he escaped and managed to evade apprehension. He later confessed to holding migrants hostage in one of his Houston stash homes.

Officials raided the stash house, but the man yet again managed to flee, this time, he took two employees hostage with him. As they were driving, he became infuriated with the two women and repeatedly opened fire on them.

The wounded driver jumped out of the car and managed to survive. The second woman was expelled from the car when Aranda-Soto took over began driving erratically. After being ejected, the victim was run over multiple times by other cars on the highway, and she ultimately died.

Aranda-Soto was eventually detained at another human smuggling stash house in Houston. He and all of his co-conspirators have been found guilty of their crimes.

Noe “Diablo” Aranda-Soto, who is now 36-years-old, will spend the rest of his life in a U.S. prison cell.

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