Las Cruces Hotel Owners Sentenced In Nanny Slaves Case

Oct 3, 2012

The owners of a Las Cruces hotel have been sentenced to two years of probation for aiding and abetting undocumented immigrants, and they must pay more than $15,000 in restitution to two victims.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Elina Sihombing and her husband David Girle were sentenced Tuesday afternoon in Las Cruces.

The couple was arrested in May 2011 after two nannies claimed they were enslaved and brought to the U.S. from Indonesia. They reached plea agreements with federal prosecutors in March.

The two victims claim they were forced for years to work long hours at the couple's home and Las Cruces hotel without pay.

Sihombing and Girle were initially charged with two felony counts of harboring undocumented immigrants. As part of the plea agreements, prosecutors moved to dismiss those charges after the two were sentenced.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.