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Fri Feb 13, 2015, 06:28 PM

Ex-U.S. soldier 'Rambo' pleads guilty in murder-for-hire case

Source: Reuters

Ex-U.S. soldier 'Rambo' pleads guilty in murder-for-hire case

BY JOSEPH AX
NEW YORK Fri Feb 13, 2015 5:33pm EST

(Reuters) - A former U.S. soldier accused of recruiting an international team of military-trained snipers to carry out contract killings for a drug cartel pleaded guilty in New York federal court on Friday.

Joseph Manuel Hunter, 49, who prosecutors said was known as "Rambo," faces between 10 years and life in prison when he is sentenced in May for conspiring to murder a law enforcement officer and two other charges.

Hunter was one of five former soldiers charged in 2013 with agreeing to provide security and surveillance for two purported Colombian cartel leaders.

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Hunter, who served as a sniper instructor in the U.S. Army, is the fourth defendant to plead guilty after former U.S. Army Sergeant Timothy Vamvakias, former German sniper Dennis Gogel and former Polish sniper Slawomir Soborski.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/13/us-usa-crime-snipers-idUSKBN0LH2GJ20150213

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