Smuggler who abandoned boat off California beach, leading to 2 deaths, gets nearly 7-year sentence

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. — A federal judge on Monday sentenced a Mexican man charged with human smuggling to nearly seven years in prison in connection with the deaths of two people he illegally brought across the border in a small boat earlier this year.Julio Cesar Murillo-Arce, 42, abandoned the vessel in the cold, predawn hours Feb. 3 off the coast of Imperial Beach, leaving six people stranded in high surf. The boat capsized shortly thereafter, and only four of the undocumented immigrants made it to shore.Border Patrol agents found Mexican citizens Ramon Ponce-Rodriguez and Modesto Rodriguez…

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