03/21/2007

Texas deputy who shot at fleeing illegal immigrants gets prison

By Jeorge Zarazua
The Houston Chronicle

DEL RIO, Texas — A federal judge sentenced Edwards County Sheriff's Deputy Guillermo F. Hernandez to prison instead of probation Monday, crushing the hopes of his family and more than 100 supporters from his hometown waiting outside the courthouse to welcome him home.

Visiting U.S. District Judge Robert T. Dawson sentenced Hernandez, known as Gilmer, to a year and a day in prison for shooting at a fleeing vehicle that was transporting undocumented immigrants through his hometown of Rocksprings nearly two years ago.

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