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Jun 15, 2013 6:17 PM

Plea reached in cartel informant's shooting death

EL PASO, Texas -- An ex-federal informant and Mexican drug cartel member has pleaded guilty to murder as part of an agreement with prosecutors for the slaying of a fellow cartel member and fellow informant.

The El Paso Times reports that Ruben Rodriguez-Dorado has been sentenced to life in prison as part of the agreement for the 2009 shooting death of Jose Daniel Gonzalez-Galeana.

Both men, besides working for the Juarez cartel across the border from El Paso, were also informants for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The 34-year-old Rodriguez-Dorado and three other suspects were arrested after the slaying in El Paso. One of the other suspects - the admitted shooter - has reached a tentative plea agreement. Another suspect was acquitted and the fourth suspect is set for trial in November.

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