Mexican gets life term over 2013 lawyer slaying in Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Mexican man must serve life in a U.S. prison for stalking and helping arrange the 2013 Texas slaying of a lawyer who’d been the acting head of a Mexican drug cartel.

Jose Luis Cepeda-Cortes was sentenced Thursday in Fort Worth. The case involved the shooting death of Juan Jesus Guerrero Chapa in Southlake, near Dallas.

Cepeda-Cortes in May was convicted of interstate stalking, conspiracy to commit murder for hire and tampering with documents or proceedings. Officials say the tampering involved efforts to destroy evidence on his computer.

His cousin, Jesus Gerardo Ledezma-Cepeda, was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder for hire and tampering and awaits sentencing.

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Prosecutors say the 60-year-old cousins used electronic devices to track the victim before he was killed by an attacker still at large.