Ariz.- LAWFUEL – Law Press Release – A federal grand jury in Phoenix returned an eleven count indictment on August 22, 2006, against Adan Pineda-Doval, 20, of Guetamo, Michoacan, Mexico, for Transportation
of Illegal Aliens Resulting in Death and Transportation of Illegal Aliens Placing Lives in Jeopardy.
The criminal complaint on which the indictment is founded alleges that on August 7, 2006, the defendant was transporting 20 illegal aliens in a Chevrolet Suburban. Border Patrol agents began to
follow the defendant and attempted to stop him using a controlled tire deflation device. The defendant swerved to avoid the device and rolled the vehicle approximately four times. During the crash, most of
the people were ejected from the vehicle. Five people died at the scene, including a pregnant female and a juvenile female. Four people later died at the Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, Arizona, and
one juvenile male later died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. The defendant is currently in custody pending trial.
A conviction for Transportation of Illegal Aliens Resulting in Death carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, or the death penalty, a $250,000 fine or both. A conviction for Transportation
of Illegal Aliens Placing Lives in Jeopardy carries a maximum penalty of twenty years, a $250,000 fine or both. In determining an actual sentence, Judge McNamee will consult the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines,
which provide appropriate sentencing ranges. The judge, however, is not bound by those guidelines in determining a sentence.
An indictment is simply the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented
to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Yuma Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office, Border Patrol from Yuma, Arizona, Wellton, Arizona, and El
Centro, California, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office and the Yuma Proving Ground Military Police. The prosecution is being handled by Jacki L. Ireland, Assistant
U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix, Ariz.
CASE NUMBER: CR-06-0778-PHX-SMM
RELEASE NUMBER: 2006-161(Pineda-Doval)