MIAMI — A Haitian man was charged with human smuggling Monday after federal authorities accused him of piloting a boat overloaded with migrants that capsized off Florida's coast, killing at least nine people, including a pregnant woman.
Jimmy Metellus, 33, is scheduled to appear in federal court Wednesday on charges of smuggling that caused the death of another person.
A conviction could result in the death penalty or life in prison.
Metellus, a Haitian citizen with permanent U.S. resident status, was among 16 people rescued when the boat capsized early Wednesday off Boynton Beach, about 60 miles north of Miami.
Most of the survivors -- 15 Haitians and one Jamaican -- will be deported to their home countries under U.S. policy.