LAREDO, TEXAS — A federal judge has sentenced a former U.S. soldier who served in Afghanistan for his role in a murder-for-hire plot near the U.S.-Mexico border.
Senior U.S. District Judge George Kazen sentenced 29-year-old Samuel Walker of Shaon, Miss., to 15 years in prison Friday. He had was convicted of murder-for-hire conspiracy and a weapons charge.
Prosecutors say a co-defendant in 2011 negotiated with people he thought were members of the Zetas drug cartel but were undercover agents. They agreed to provide military-style weapons and training and to kill someone in return for money and drugs.
Witnesses testified at Walker’s trial that he was going to take the fatal shot. Walker testified that he had come to Laredo to train, not to kill.