Or is Agriprocessors HR Director's guilty plea nothing more than a guilty plea?
Note the statement attributed to the Assistant US Attorney:
A former Agriprocessors human resource manager pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to conspiracy to harbor illegal immigrants for financial gain and knowingly accepting forged or counterfeit resident cards.
Elizabeth Billmeyer, 48, of Postville was charged with the two felony charges last month stemming from the May 12 immigration raid at Agriprocessors in Postville.
Billmeyer admitted in court during at least five years before the raid, two or more officials or employees at the plant agreed to harbor illegal immigrants and she voluntarily and intentionally joined in the agreement.
She also admitted to knowingly accepting resident cards that were forged or counterfeit.
A sentencing date hasn't been set for Billmeyer at this time. The maximum penalty for the two charges is 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Pete Deegan said based on the sentencing guidelines, Billmeyer faces a possible two and a half to three years in prison. The judge has the discretion to go up or down in the guidelines.