GUILTY TX - 19 illegal immigrants die in sealed trailer, Victoria, 14 May 2003

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  1. Beyond Belief

    Beyond Belief New Member

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    HOUSTON (AP) -- The father of the truck driver convicted in the nation's deadliest human smuggling attempt pleaded for his son's life Friday, asking jurors not to choose the death penalty for the man he still remembers as "a loving kid."

    "I know the pain (the victims' families) are going through. I feel that pain. I'm asking for mercy," said Tyrone Williams Sr., whose son Tyrone Williams was convicted last month for his role in the deaths of 19 illegal immigrants.

    He was the latest of several relatives to testify in the punishment phase of the retrial of the younger Williams - including his mother the day before, whose plea elicited tears from some jurors.

    Tyrone Williams Sr., a 62-year-old factory worker in Massachusetts, said he taught his son discipline and the value of education.

    Williams was convicted on 58 counts of conspiracy, harboring and transporting immigrants in his sweltering trailer, which he abandoned on the way from South Texas to Houston in 2003. Jurors must decide whether to sentence Williams to death or up to life in prison.
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  3. OkieGranny

    OkieGranny New Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    Excerpt from the book, "Dying to Cross," in which survivors described their ordeal inside the trailer:

    From January 2011:


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