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5th suspect sentenced in 2009 cartel-related murder in El Paso

January 13, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
5th suspect sentenced in 2009 cartel-related murder in El Paso

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An El Paso federal district court judge has sentenced a fifth suspect in the 2009 cartel-related abduction and murder of a West Texas man, whose bullet-riddled remains were found in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, with his hands chopped off.

Following a hearing in El Paso Federal Court on Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the sentencing of 34-year-old Francisco Javier Pulido, a known Mexican-American drug trafficker.

Pulido was sentenced to 24-years in prison for the coordinated kidnapping and murder of 30-year-old Sergio Saucedo, the Houston Chronicle reported.

Sergio Saucedo was found with his hands decapitated and placed on his chest

As JammedUp News reported, Pulido previously pleaded guilty in October to one count of conspiracy to murder, kidnap or injure in a foreign country

Law enforcement officials said Pulido and four other defendants conspired to kidnap Saucedo from his home in the El Paso suburb of Horizon City.

Authorities said the suspects acted on the direct orders of Gabino Salas Valenciano, who at the time was the head of the Sinaloa cartel in the Juarez Valley.

Sergio Saucedo’s kidnapping and murder was ordered by Gabino Salas Valenciano, the top Sinaloa cartel operator in the Juarez Valley

The abductors transported Saucedo to Ciudad Juarez, where he was mutilated and executed as punishment after a 670-pound marijuana shipment was confiscated at the border by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.

The case has resulted in the convictions of four other co-conspirators.

Cesar Obregon-Reye and Rafael Vega each received life sentences, Cesar Pineda received a 20-year sentence, while Omar Obregon-Ortiz was sentenced to over 8 years in prison for their roles in Saucedo’s kidnapping and execution.

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