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Member of New York drug trafficking conspiracy sentenced to life plus ten years for three murders

December 2, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Member of New York drug trafficking conspiracy sentenced to life plus ten years for three murders Pablo Plaza (center), James Kendrick (right), and their mother Janine Plaza Pierce arrive at Rochester Federal Court last year.

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A federal judge has sentenced an upstate New York man to life in prison plus ten years for leading a Rochester-based family-run violent drug trafficking conspiracy, which committed vengeful killings to silence members who showed a trace of disloyalty to the group.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the life imprisonment sentence for Pablo Plaza on Wednesday.

Back in July, a jury convicted both Plaza and his brother James Kendrick for a drug and murder conspiracy.

Prosecutors say between 1992 and 2011, Plaza and Kendrick ran a drug distribution network that was responsible for three killings, including one victim, who was found buried on an Indian Reservation in upstate, New York back in 1999.

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Pablo Plaza and his mother Janine Plaza Pierce arrive for court in 2013

Additionally, both Pablo Plaza and James Kendrick were convicted of two killings, including their cousin Ryan Cooper, aka “Chewey,” in 1998 and 1999.

According to The Democrat and Chronicle, the defendants murdered Cooper and used a wood chipper to dispose of his remains.

Nine other defendants including Janine Plaza Pierce, the mother of Kendrick and Plaza have also been found guilty of weapons and drug offenses.

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