Man linked to Mexican cartel gets 21-year sentence

AP News
Posted: Dec 06, 2013 2:36 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man whose brother is believed to be a prolific cartel hit man has been sentenced in San Diego to more than 21 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted murder. Authorities say Jorge Sillas was involved in a plot to kill a mother and son in Southern California who owed a drug debt.

Sillas apologized in court Friday. His attorney said the 30-year-old American citizen was influenced by his older brother and noted his clean criminal history.

The judge said authorities couldn't allow Mexican cartels to extend their reach across the border.

Juan Sillas has not been charged in the murder-for-hire case, but the criminal complaint says he offered to pay $50,000 for the killings. U.S. authorities are seeking to extradite him from Mexico in an unrelated case.