1 Pleads Guilty in 5 Shelby County, Ala. Killings

By: AP
By: AP

Alejandros Castaneda faced a possible death sentence had he gone to trial on two counts of capital murder.

Instead, Castaneda agreed to plead guilty to intentional murder and receive two consecutive life sentences.

He would be eligible for parole.

Castaneda, his brother, Juan Francisco Castaneda, Christopher Scott Jones, Derrick Renone Green, Torre Jovan Gholston and Jaime Duenas-Rodriguez were charged in the August 17th, 2008 slayings of five men in what authorities say was a murder for hire over $450,000 in missing drug cartel money.

Their bodies were found at Cahaba Lakes apartments off U.S. 280.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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