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Two tied to witness hits lose appeals

By Associated Press
Published October 7, 2003

MIAMI - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned aside an appeal by two men sentenced to life for their parts in the killings of three witnesses set to testify against reputed cocaine kingpins Sal Magluta and Willie Falcon.

The nation's high court refused to review an appeal by Eduardo Lezcano and Yuby Ramirez.

Lezcano was convicted in November 2001 of recruiting, paying and supplying guns to the Colombian hit teams. Ramirez and Jairo Castro were convicted of helping hit team members in various ways. Castro was not part of the appeal turned down Monday.

U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard imposed the maximum sentences on the defendants, although none was accused of being present during the murders.

Griseldino Carvajal, allegedly the Colombian connection for the hit teams, remains a fugitive.

[Last modified October 7, 2003, 02:33:49]

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