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Gunmen get life in prison for killing U.S. consulate worker, 2 others in Mexico after mistaking them for rival gang members

by Mahmmod Shar

Two gunmen with the Barrio Azteca gang were sentenced to life imprisonment Monday for killing a U.S. consulate worker, her husband and the husband of another consulate worker in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, officials said.

The pair had been found guilty by a federal jury in February of the fatal March 2010 shootings of consulate worker Leslie Enriquez, her husband Arthur Redelfs, an El Paso County jailer, and Jorge Salcido Ceniceros. Both were sentenced Monday in El Paso, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office statement.

The victims were returning home from a children’s birthday party when they were mistakenly targeted and killed, prosecutors said.

According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office, the trial evidence established that Jose Guadalupe Diaz Diaz, aka “Zorro,” and Martin Artin Perez Marrufo, aka “Popeye,” both of Chihuahua, Mexico, were the hit men who killed the three on March 13, 2010, after mistaking them for members of an opposing gang.

“Barrio Azteca is a transnational criminal organization engaged in, among other things, money laundering, racketeering, and drug-related activities in El Paso, Texas, among other places,” the same statement reads.

The gang joined with other drug gangs to battle the Sinaloa Cartel, at the time headed by Joaquín ” El Chapo” Guzman, and its allies for control of the drug trafficking routes through Juarez, according to the statement.

The drug routes through Juarez, which is situated across the border from El Paso, are important to drug trafficking organizations because it is a principal illicit drug trafficking route into the United States, federal officials said.

“The gunmen who viciously shot and killed Leslie Enriquez, Arthur Redelfs, and Jorge Salcido Ceniceros will now deservedly spend the rest of their lives in prison,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “This prosecution demonstrates the Department’s commitment to combating violent transnational criminal organizations and holding accountable those who may harm Americans, whether at home or abroad.”


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