US court sentences Mexican gang leader Acosta to life

April 5, 2012

BBC News, 4/5/12

The leader of a Mexican drug gang has been sentenced to life in prison in the United States for the murder of three people linked to the American consulate in Ciudad Juarez in 2010.

Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez pleaded guilty to the murder of Lesley Enriquez, her American husband, and the husband of another consular worker.

Acosta Hernandez allegedly said he had been involved in the murder of 1,500 people in and around Ciudad Juarez. He was extradited to the US in 2011. Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer said that as leader of the Barrio Azteca gang of hitmen, Acosta Hernandez “directed a reign of terror”.

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