Life sentence looms in 'Joe Cool' boat killings

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) - A former security guard convicted in Miami of four
killings aboard the "Joe Cool" charter boat is being sentenced to
life behind bars.

The mandatory life sentence will be imposed by a judge Wednesday
on 21-year-old Guillermo Zarabozo. He was found guilty in February
of 16 charges including kidnapping and murder for his role in
hijacking the "Joe Cool" on a failed attempt to reach Cuba.

Already serving a life prison sentence is 37-year-old Kirby
Archer, a fugitive from Arkansas who pleaded guilty.

Prosecutors said Archer and Zarabozo chartered the boat for a fake trip to Bimini, then fatally shot the captain, his wife and two crew members while at sea. Zarabozo testified that Archer committed all the killings, but a jury found otherwise.

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