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Life In Prison For Cartel Leader Who Ordered Consulate Killings

Life In Prison For Cartel Leader Who Ordered Consulate Killings
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POSTED: Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 7:42pm

UPDATED: Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 7:43pm

EL PASO -- The man responsible for ordering the murder's of a U.S. Consulate employee and her husband was sentenced in court Thursday.

The leader of Juarez Drug Cartel, Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez, 34, plead guilty in court Thursday on charges of racketeering, drug trafficking, money laundering.

He also plead guilty to seven counts of murder and weapons charges.

Those charges are directly linked to the killings in Juarez of U.S. Consulate employee Leslie Enriguez, her husband Arthur Redelfs and the husband of another U.S. Consulate employee, Jorge Salcido Ceniceros on March 13, 2010.

Acosta Hernandez was sentenced to seven concurrent life terms, three additional consecutive life terms and 20 years in federal prison.

Court documents also show Acosta Hernandez admitted to committing or directing more than 1,000 murders.

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