JONATHAN KAMINSKY reuters.com An admitted Mexican drug cartel hitman who has acknowledged killing dozens of people over more than three decades pleaded guilty in state court in Alabama on Thursday to murdering a man last year for making disparaging comments about his daughter, prosecutors said.
Jose Manuel Martinez, 52, has been charged with killing 11 people in California and Florida between 1980 and 2011, and has told investigators that his list of victims runs to more than 30 people in multiple states, said District Attorney Errek Jett of Lawrence County, Alabama.
The plea deal, entered in court in Moulton, Alabama, calls for Martinez, a California native, to serve a 50-year prison term, Jett said. Martinez will likely next face capital murder charges in a 2006 Florida double murder that could carry the death penalty, the prosecutor added.
Martinez is also facing murder charges in nine California killings, prosecutors there have said.
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