The Dominican drug traffickers Robert Acosta and José Díaz will be sentenced to life imprisonment for the murders of the Creoles Aneudis and Alex Ventura, on the stairway of a building in the Bronx, on December 22, 1997, by a tumbe of drugs
Díaz was hired as a hit man by Acosta, who paid him $ 12,000 for the murders.
The sentence of life imprisonment is established by federal law as mandatory in these cases. He ordered the victims to be murdered, after the victims assaulted the drug store he kept in an apartment in Upper Manhattan, taking drugs and $ 200,000 dollars.
Both defendants were found guilty, said Wednesday a statement from federal prosecutor in the southern district, Geoffrey S. Brennan.
The two were tried for a week, in a trial conducted by federal judge Kevin P. Castel.
Acosta and Díaz, were fugitives since they killed Ventura and Almonte, and the double homicide became a cold case, but they were placed and arrested after police detectives in the Bronx, dusted off the file and reopened the investigation.
“More than two decades ago, two young people were brutally murdered on a staircase in a building in the Bronx. Although the case cooled, members of the New York police and the FBI worked tirelessly to resolve it. A unanimous jury has now held Acosta y Díaz responsible for this terrible crime, “the statement from the prosecution adds.
Prosecutors said that in the 1990s, Acosta was the leader of a large-scale drug trafficking organization that distributed hundreds of kilograms of cocaine in several buildings in Upper Manhattan. In the summer of 1997, the victims stole more than $ 200,000 money from the drugs in an apartment that belonged to Acosta.
To take revenge for the tumbe, Acosta hired Diaz to kill the victims.
On December 22, 1997, Díaz and an accomplice named witness “CC-1”, lured the victims to an apartment building in the Bronx, ambushed them on a staircase and murdered them both. CC-1 admitted that he stabbed Almonte, 20, six times, one of the stabs in his chest.
Diaz shot Ventura, 25, in the head. Acosta paid Diaz $ 12,000 dollars to act as a hitman in his service and executor of the murders.
Acosta, now 47 years old and a resident of Yonkers, was convicted of murder while participating in a conspiracy to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine conspiracy to commit contract murder and contract murder.
Diaz, 53, of the Bronx, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, perpetrating a murder for hire and the use of a firearm to commit murder and perpetrate a violent crime