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Phoenix man sentenced in fatal smuggling attempt

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TUCSON, Ariz. – A Phoenix man who rolled his truck during a high speed chase trying to escape law enforcement with 11 immigrants on board was sentenced to 6½ years in federal prison in the death of one migrant, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona said Wednesday.

Federal prosecutors said Andrew Lamar Blake, 45, was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Tucson. He also got five years probation.

Blake earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy in the transportation of immigrants for profit that placed lives in jeopardy and resulted in death.

Blake tried to evade Border Patrol agents and Pinal County Sheriff’s Office deputies April 6, 2018 on Interstate 10.

He crashed and rolled the truck. Several other immigrants in the truck were injured.

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