Hosam Amara, former poultry manager at the Agriprocessors plant in Postville, Iowa, has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors, pleading guilty to one count of conspiring to harbor undocumented immigrants for profit. The agreement was filed August 29 at the federal courthouse in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
With the conviction, Amara could face as many as 10 years in prison, according to an Associated Press report.
Prosecutors are expected to dismiss 26 other counts against Amara, who fled to Israel after a 2008 immigration raid at the Agriprocessors plant led to the arrest of 389 workers. Amara was extradited earlier in 2013 to face the charges.
Agriprocessors, which processed kosher beef, turkey, chicken, duck and lamb, went out of business just months after the raid. The Postville plant was bought at auction in 2009 by SHF Industries and operates under the name Agri Star.