Former Agriprocessors supervisor sentenced to three years

by Joel Crews
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DES MOINES, IOWA — A former supervisor at Agriprocessors Inc.’s Postville, Iowa plant has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for his role in hiring illegal immigrants, according to The Associated Press.

Juan Carlos Guerrero-Espinoza was sentenced March 19 in Cedar Rapids federal court. He agreed to plead guilty in August to one count of conspiracy to hire illegal immigrants and one count of aiding and abetting the hiring of illegal immigrants.

Mr. Guerrero-Espinoza was facing up to 10 years in prison and a $500,000 fine. He was arrested following a May 2008 raid during which 389 people were arrested.

Corey Rubenstein, his attorney, said the judge reduced the sentence because there was no profit motive.

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