FORT PIERCE (AP) — A Haitian man is facing U.S. prison time after pleading guilty to illegally smuggling migrants aboard a boat from the Bahamas.READ MORE: Juvenile Green Sea Turtle Released In Florida Keys To Join Tour de Turtles Online Race
Veronel Charles faces between three and 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in August in Fort Pierce federal court. Charles pleaded guilty to two alien smuggling counts last week.
Court records show Charles piloted a boat in mid-March carrying 19 migrants from the Bahamas to St. Lucie County.READ MORE: Cinderella's Castle Gets Makeover Ahead Of Disney's 50th Anniversary Celebrations
Authorities say the passengers did not have proper travel documents and were all from Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Authorities say five of those aboard had previously been deported from the U.S. for felony criminal convictions.MORE NEWS: 'It Means Absolutely Everything': Family Of Miami's Eddy Alvarez Watch Proudly As He Carries American Flag At Olympics Opening Ceremony
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