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(AP) - A National Guardsman accused of helping transport illegal immigrants has pleaded guilty in Laredo to a felony conspiracy charge.
Twenty-six-year-old Private First Class Jose Rodrigo Torres was one of three guardsmen accused of helping undocumented immigrants passed a checkpoint on Interstate 35.
Sergeants Julio Cesar Pacheco and Clarence Hodge Junior have pleaded not guilty.
Torres admitted that on June 7th, he drove through the checkpoint in a van, leased by the Texas Army National Guard, with 24 undocumented immigrants.
Prosecutors say Torres was in uniform and expected to be paid $3,000.
Torres also says he conspired to transport more than 100 immigrants starting in May.
Torres, who remains in custody, faces up to ten years in federal prison and up to $250,000 in fines. No sentencing date has been set.
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