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  • Two men will spend the rest of their lives behind bars for their roles in a murder-for-hire plot more than two decades ago

  • Robert Acosta and Jose Diaz were sentenced in Manhattan federal court Friday after a three week trial

  • Acosta led a large-scale drug trafficking ring in the 1990s, and paid Diaz about $12,000 to kill two men who stole drug money from him

Two men will spend the rest of their lives behind bars for their roles in a murder-for-hire plot more than two decades ago.

Robert Acosta and Jose Diaz were sentenced in Manhattan federal court Friday after a three week trial.

Prosecutors said Acosta led a large-scale drug trafficking ring in the 1990s, distributing hundreds of kilograms of cocaine from a handful of buildings in Upper Manhattan.

During the summer of 1997, 25-year-old Alex Ventura and 20-year-old Aneudis Almonte allegedly stole drug money from Acosta, so the drug kingpin hired Diaz to kill both men for approximately $12,000, prosecutors claimed.

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