Immigrant siblings sentenced to prison for beating, stabbing death of cousin

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SANDUSKY, Mich. (AP) (6/26/2019) - Two siblings who authorities say were in the U.S. illegally are headed to prison after entering plea agreements in the slaying of a relative who worked with them at a Michigan dairy farm.

Francisca Vargas-Castillo was sentenced Wednesday in a Sanilac County courtroom to spend 20 to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty last month to second-degree murder and other charges.

Leobardo Torres-Castillo received a 3 to 10-year sentence after pleading guilty to assault and other charges.

The body of 42-year-old Brica Flores-Rivera was found Sept. 1 in Sanilac County's Buel Township. Witnesses testified Vargas-Castillo beat and stabbed Flores-Rivera during what authorities described as a fight between them.

Prosecutor James Young says Flores-Rivera was the siblings' cousin and they shared a trailer. All three were from Mexico.

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