Judges Order New Sentencing in Drug Witness Hits

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal appeals court has ordered a new hearing
for a woman serving life in prison for taking part in a plot to
kill witnesses against two Miami cocaine kingpins.

Yuby Ramirez was one of six people indicted in the deaths of three witnesses against Sal Magluta and Willie Falcon, who reputedly made $2 billion on Colombian cocaine while turning Miami into a 1980s drug capital.

Ramirez claimed she would have accepted a five-year sentence in a plea bargain, but her federal public defenders advised against it. They mistakenly believed that was the most she would get if she went to trial.

A three-judge panel on Wednesday sent the case back to Miami for a hearing on whether Ramirez would have pled guilty if properly advised.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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