Another person involved in the deadly human smuggling incident that killed 53 people in June 2022 pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport migrants and placing their lives in jeopardy in federal court in San Antonio on Wednesday. 

Luis Alberto Rivera-Leal is scheduled to be sentenced May 30 and faces up to 20 years in prison. He was arrested a year after the deaths and is the fourth person to plead guilty to charges related to the tragedy. 

The 53 Guatemalan, Honduran and Mexican migrants died after being trapped in the back of a tractor-trailer in sweltering heat in the June 27, 2022, incident — the deadliest human smuggling tragedy in recent memory in South Texas. The tractor-trailer was discovered along an abandoned, pothole-filled stretch of Quintana Road on San Antonio’s South Side.


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