Federal prosecutors have recommended 900-year prison terms each for two men convicted in connection with the torture-murder in Mexico of a U. S. drug agent.
The two men, Raul Lopez-Alvarez, 29, and Rene Verdugo-Urquidez, 36, were convicted last month of criminal counts in connection with the February, 1985, deaths of agent Enrique Camarena and his pilot, Alfredo Zavala-Avelar.
In a sentencing memorandum filed Wednesday, the prosecutors said the long terms would assure that the men would be ineligible for parole for 60 years. If given straight life terms, the memo noted, they would be eligible for parole in 10 years.
“The crimes for which they were convicted are so heinous that if capital punishment were available under federal law, the government would seek the death penalty,” U. S. Atty. Robert C. Bonner wrote. Sentencing for Lopez is set for Monday and Verdugo on Wednesday.