One Pleads Guilty In Smuggling Venture

MIAMI (AP) — A Bahamian national who survived what authorities said was a failed smuggling venture that killed four Haitian women faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to illegally re-entering the U.S. after being deported.

According to a plea agreement filed Tuesday in Miami federal court, prosecutors plan to seek the dismissal of other charges against George Lewis after his sentencing hearing July 25.

Lewis had also faced charges of smuggling resulting in death. He was among 11 people found clinging to the hull of a boat that capsized Oct. 16 off Miami. The four victims died underneath the boat.

A change of plea hearing for the boat’s operator, Naaman Davis, is scheduled Thursday. He faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, smuggling resulting in death and illegal re-entry.