(KMOV) -- Two people were sentenced Friday for illegally reentering the U.S.
Wilmer Omar Mendez-Nunez, 25, of Honduras was sentenced to twelve months and one day in prision after pleading guilty to transporting an illegal alien and illegal reentry after deportation, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's office for the Southern District of Illinois.
The release said Mendez was stopped by Illinois State Police for a traffic violation on February 17, 2010. Police discovered that all eight of Mendez's passengers were illegal aliens and Mendez admitted that he was being paid to transport the passengers within the U.S.
One of Mendez's passenger was also sentenced. Alexander Acosta-Leal of Columbia was sentenced to serve eight months in prison after he pled guilty for illegally reentering the U.S. after deportation.
After Mendez and Acosta serve their prison sentences, they will taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation proceedings. None of the other passengers in Mendez's vehicle had been deported previously, so they were held for several weeks as witnesses in the cases against Mendez. They were then remanded to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation proceedings.