A 28-year-old Phoenix man has been sentenced to 101 months in prison for causing a crash that killed a person suspected of being in the United States illegally, authorities said.
Andres Urias-Soto, 28, was sentenced this month by U.S. District Judge John C. Hinderaker to 96 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, according to the Arizona district of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Because Urias-Soto was on supervised release for the offense of transporting for profit people who entered the country illegally when the crash occurred, Hinderaker imposed a sentence of five months consecutive for the violation of supervised release.
Urias-Soto pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport illegal aliens for profit resulting in death and admitted to violating a condition of supervised release, a U.S. Attorney’s Office release stated.
On June 17, 2021, according to authorities, Urias-Soto agreed to drive to Lukeville, Arizona, to pick up individuals who were present illegally in the United States and was to be paid to take them to another location within the United States.
On that same date, U.S. Border Patrol agents saw Urias-Soto pick up “two suspected undocumented non-citizens from a gas station and drive northbound on State Route 85 toward Interstate 8,” the release stated.
“When border patrol agents activated their lights and sirens to conduct a traffic stop, Urias-Soto sped up, failed to yield to the agents and eventually reached speeds up to 110 miles per hour.”
He lost control of the vehicle and crashed in the desert. One of the passengers died and the other was injured, officials said.