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Two Mexican police officers sentenced for kidnapping, murdering ranchers near Texas border

February 16, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Two Mexican police officers sentenced for kidnapping, murdering ranchers near Texas border

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Two former Mexican police officers from the border state of Coahuila have been put behind bars for their role in the kidnapping and killing of three ranchers back in 2015.

During a hearing last week, Juan Carlos Favela Mares and Lauro Arturo Lerma Orozco were sentenced to 40 and 45 years behind bars, respectively. The two defendants were Coahuila state police officers since 2011 until their apprehension.

The two former Mexican police officers were found guilty of the kidnapping and execution of three cattlemen from the state of Zacatecas, who were on their way to Piedras Negras, Vanguardia reported.

The victims were transporting about 300 head of cattle to the border when the abductions occurred near the rural community of CastaƱos, Coahuila, which is located about 250 miles south of the border with Texas.

Court documents do not indicate if the kidnapping was for ransom. However, the three men were eventually killed. Authorities found the bodies of the three victims inside of a car — they were handcuffed and shot in the head.

Coahuila is the border state where the Los Zetas cartel managed to kidnap, murder, and incinerate over 300 victims from rural communities in the northern part of the state between 2011 and 2013.

Half of the victims of the kidnappings were incinerated inside of a state prison in Piedras Negras. High-ranking government officials, including a former mayor and governor of Coahuila, have been implicated in U.S. court hearings of having provided security to Los Zetas.

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