Ex-Iowa slaughterhouse manager enters guilty plea

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The former manager of an Iowa slaughterhouse has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to harbor undocumented workers for profit.

Former Agriprocessors, Inc., poultry manager Hosam Amara entered the guilty plea Friday at the federal courthouse in Cedar Rapids.

The plea was required under an agreement released Thursday in which prosecutors dropped several other counts.

The 48-year-old faces a maximum 10 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Linda Reade hasn’t scheduled the sentencing hearing yet.

Amara admitted that, for years, he and other managers at the Postville plant knowingly and willfully harbored workers who were in the country illegally for commercial advantage.

The conspiracy contributed to a 2008 raid in which federal agents arrested 389 workers at the plant. Prosecutors say Amara fled to Israel after the raid.

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