Jesus Quinones-Chavez of Mexico Could Get 90 Years After Immigrant-Smuggling Conviction

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A Mexican man who piloted a boat bound for Newport Beach with seven undocumented immigrants on board--then ran out of gas 20 miles from Oceanside where he threatened to shoot anyone who called authorities for help--could get a 90-year prison sentence after being convicted in federal court.

Jesus Quinones-Chavez, 57, of Torreon, Coahuila, is scheduled to discover his fate Sept. 30.

He captained a 24-foot Bayliner from Puerto Nuevo, Baja, on Sept. 15 that spent about a day adrift before another vessel stopped and gave him fuel. But then the boat's engine failed, so instead of making land in Newport Beach they all came to shore in San Clemente.

One passenger Quinones-Chavez had charged $7,000 to $12,000 for the journey was hurt jumping off the boat and had to be hospitalized.

It a six-day trial and five hours of jury deliberations for Quinones-Chavez to be convicted of conspiracy Thursday, according to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement statement.

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paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

So for 90 years the USA is going to house and feed this guy for something that is supposed to have been legalized in 1996 that would have made it a moot point to try and smuggle into the US in the first place huh? Someone should call Lou Correa quick!

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

"so instead of making land in Newport Beach they all came to shore in San Clemente."

But, but...who'll do the landscaping at Fashion Island? 

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@paullucas714 No doubt all of the 'victims' here got Q visas to narc the guy out, meaning they get to stay in the US and lower our standard of living.

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