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Human smuggler gets 10 years for rollover crash that killed 4

A man convicted in the deaths of four undocumented aliens in a 2008 crash near Eloy was sentenced to a decade in federal prison on Monday.

Hector Salas-Garcia, 40, had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport illegal aliens resulting in death.

The Michocan, Mexico, native was was driving a 1989 pickup truck packed with at least 31 passengers, all undocumented immigrants, in a rural area near Eloy on April 27, 2008.

The truck rolled over and four people were killed.

"Salas-Garcia was removed from the scene of the rollover prior to law enforcement arriving and was taken to Mexico by his brother Agustin Salas-Garcia," authorities said.

The brother pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact and was sentenced in 2009 to 18 months' imprisonment and then deported, authorities said.

U.S. District Judge Douglas L. Rayes sentenced Hector Salas-Garcia to 121 months in prison on Monday.

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