5 Dominican hit men sentenced in drug killings
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - Three Dominicans hired as hit men by an alleged drug boss known as the "Pablo Escobar of the Caribbean" have been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
A panel of three judges issued their ruling late Friday after a seven-month trial that included testimony from 75 witnesses. Two other suspects received between 15 to 20 years in prison. Four others were found not guilty after judges cited insufficient evidence.
The nine suspects were accused of killing five people and launching other armed attacks from December 2009 to May 2010 through alleged orders from boss Jose Figueroa Agosto. He was arrested in Puerto Rico in July 2010 after a nearly 10-year manhunt following a 1999 prison escape.
Prosecutors had sought a maximum 30-year sentence for all nine men.