UPDATE: Driver in rollover that killed 10 pleads guilty

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PHOENIX -- Brian Guzman-Ochoa, 39, of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of transportation of illegal immigrants resulting in death.

The charge is related to a vehicle rollover crash Aug. 7 near Florence, resulting in the death of 10 passengers.

Guzman-Ochoa admitted that he was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the collision.

A conviction carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, or the death penalty, a $250,000 fine or both. Per the plea agreement, the U.S. is not seeking the death penalty in this case.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 13.


TUCSON -- A 32-year-old Mexican man previously charged with transporting illegal immigrants in a vehicle crash that killed 10 people has been indicted on more serious charges.

A federal grand jury in Phoenix on Tuesday indicted Brian Guzman Ochoa of Hermosillo, Mexico on four criminal charges, including transportation of illegal aliens resulting in death. The maximum penalty is death or life in prison.

Guzman also is charged with transportation of illegal aliens, bringing in illegal aliens and re-entry after deportation.

The sport utility vehicle he was driving northbound on State Route 79 on Aug. 7 veered off the highway about 15 miles south of Florence, flipping onto its roof.

Guzman and nine others survived.

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