Evans contractor Hugo Diaz still awaits sentencing for harboring illegal immigrants

The Evans contractor charged with harboring illegal immigrants is still waiting for his last day in court, but almost all his employees have pleaded guilty.

Federal court records show resolutions in five out of seven cases of “unlawful entry by an alien” linked to the case of Hugo Diaz.

Diaz and his wife, Blanca Diaz, were indicted in November on charges that they harbored aliens “for the purpose of commercial advantage and private financial gain.” Both pleaded guilty in February after a majority of the charges were dropped, but a sentencing date has yet to be set for Hugo Diaz.

Blanca Diaz was given credit for time served and placed in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials for deportation to her native Mexico.

In the meantime, five immigrants have pleaded guilty and were given credit for 138 days served in prison: Arturo Dominguez-Suareste, Carlos Ortega, Rigoberto Loza-Marquez, Estaban Jarquin-Esteba and Heris Francisco-Medina. Each defendant was remanded into custody of ICE for deportation, though it was unclear Thursday what each defendant’s status was in the United States.

One defendant, Rejes Fredrico Lopez-Garcia, was scheduled for sentencing in March, but the outcome of that hearing is not listed. The case of Jesus Vazquez-Trejo remains open.

 

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