2 Plead Guilty in Fatal Smuggling Case
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) _ Two men accused in a deadly migrant smuggling trip pleaded guilty to manslaughter and other charges.
Heinrich Castillo Diaz, 28, and Rolando Gonzalez Delgado, 20, face a maximum life in prison at sentencing, set for Jan. 8.
They pleaded guilty Tuesday to 68 counts, including involuntary manslaughter for the death of 24-year-old Anay Machado Gonzalez. She hit her head after the 36-foot speedboat carrying her and 28 other migrants tried to evade the Coast Guard.
The chase ended when the Coast Guard fired shots to disable the boat’s engines.
A third defendant, 32-year-old Amil Gonzalez Rodriguez, decided to go to trial, expected to start next week. He has said he is not a smuggler but was a migrant like the others intercepted about 4 miles south of Boca Chica in the Florida Keys on July 8.
``He’s innocent,″ said his attorney, Irving Gonzalez.