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South Texas man sent to prison for smuggling, assault

September 4, 2018

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — A South Texas man has been sentenced to more than four years in federal prison after being convicted on charges related to ramming a Border Patrol vehicle during a human smuggling attempt.

Victor Eduardo Acevedo-Ventura was sentenced on Tuesday during a federal court hearing in McAllen.

He had pleaded guilty last year to charges of smuggling and assaulting a federal agent.

Prosecutors say Acevedo-Ventura, from the South Texas city of Edinburg, had been caught in October 2017 trying to smuggle six immigrants who had illegally entered the U.S.

The 24-year-old Acevedo-Ventura fled the scene near the Falfurrias Border Patrol checkpoint but later twice slammed his car into a Border Patrol vehicle that pursued him.

No Border Patrol agents were severely injured.

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