A veteran U.S. Border Patrol agent testified Maria Zamora, 31, who is from Ecuador, had improperly tried to assist the illegal immigrants
There is probable cause for a felony charge against a Danbury, Conn. woman for attempting to transport three illegal immigrants after their unlawful entry into the county turned deadly, according to a federal magistrate in U.S. District Court in Burlington on Tuesday. A veteran U.S. Border Patrol agent testified Maria Zamora, 31, who is from Ecuador, had improperly tried to assist the illegal immigrants as they entered the country on the night of Feb. 19. Three illegal immigrants entered the county at Derby, but when confronted by another Border Patrol agent, two fled back toward Canada while the third was going into medical distress. U.S. Border Patrol Agent Jonathan Mayfield attempted life-saving efforts, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation and also radioed for an ambulance and more agents. An ambulance rushed Jose Cervantes, 45, of Mexico, to North Country Hospital in Newport, where he was pronounced dead at about 12:34 a.m. on Feb. 20. After hearing the testimony of Border Patrol Agent Brian Wilda, U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin Doyle ruled there was enough evidence to charge the defendant. She will remain in federal custody pending the resolution of her criminal case.