USA (Manhattan Federal Court): Ex-Army sergeant ‘Rambo’ pleads guilty to DEA murder conspiracy, faces life behind bars

Publié: 15 février 2015 par Marc Fievet dans Cocaïne, DEA (USA), Justice, NARCOTRAFIC, Narcotrafic INFOS
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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
In a hearing in Manhattan Federal Court, ex-Army sergeant Joseph (Rambo) Hunter admitted to conspiring with his team of mercenaries to import cocaine to the U.S. and kill a Drug Enforcement Administration agent and the agent’s ‘snitch.’ Hunter’s lawyer says he ‘did this for his family.’ The defendant will be sentenced late May.

Friday, February 13, 2015, 5:41 PM
Joseph (Rambo) Hunter, seen during his 2013 arrest in Bangkok, admitted in court Friday he'd plotted to kill a DEA agent and an informant. Sakchai Lalit/ASSOCIATED PRESS Joseph (Rambo) Hunter, seen during his 2013 arrest in Bangkok, admitted in court Friday he’d plotted to kill a DEA agent and an informant.

“Rambo” is facing life in prison after pleading guilty Friday to plotting to kill a DEA agent.

In a hearing in Manhattan Federal Court, ex-Army sergeant Joseph (Rambo) Hunter admitted to conspiring with his team of mercenaries to import cocaine to the U.S. and whack a Drug Enforcement Administration agent and the agent’s “snitch” for money.

Prosecutors said the 21-year veteran became a contract killer after he left the Army in 2004, and assembled a team of rogue ex-soldiers — mostly snipers — for mercenary dirty work.

But his team wound up being more the Gullibles than the Expendables — the Colombian drug lords he agreed to work for in 2013 were actually undercover informants, and the “hits” he agreed to have carried out for $800,000 were actually part of a DEA sting.

Hunter, who the feds have called the group’s ringleader, told U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain he’d helped arrange to fly 300 kilograms of cocaine into the U.S. from the Bahamas.

SALESOUT NARCH EUO Jane Rosenberg/REUTERS Hunter, nicknamed ‘Rambo,’ faces between 10 years and life in prison when he’s sentenced May 29.

The 49-year-old also said, “I agreed with others to kill an agent of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration while engaged in and on account of his official duties, and to kill a confidential source assisting the agent with his official duties.”

He also admitted to planning to use machine guns equipped with silencers to carry out the hit.

Under the terms of his agreement with prosecutors, Hunter faces anywhere between 10 years to life in prison when he’s sentenced  May 29.

His lawyer, Marlon Kirton, says his client is praying it will be closer to 10.

Hunter admitted to conspiring with his team of mercenaries to whack a Drug Enforcement Administration agent and the agent’s 'snitch' for $800,000. CHAIWAT SUBPRASOM/REUTERS Hunter admitted to conspiring with his team of mercenaries to whack a Drug Enforcement Administration agent and the agent’s ‘snitch’ for $800,000.

He said the married father of two “did this for his family. All he talks about is his family,” Kirton said. “This way he has an opportunity to ask for 10 years.”

Hunter, of Kentucky, told the judge he’s taking numerous medications to deal with the effects of his post-traumatic stress disorder from his time in the U.S. Army, where he trained snipers.

Kirton said he’ll ask the judge to take that into account when she sentences him.

“His judgment was severely affected by PTSD,” Kirton said.

source: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ex-army-sergeant-rambo-pleads-guilty-murder-conspiracy-article-1.2114832

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