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Article updated: 2/14/2014 8:39 PM

Hit man connected to Mexico killing sentenced


A man hired to kill a rival of two brothers who made millions of dollars selling fake identification papers in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood has been sentenced to life in prison.

The sentencing Friday of Gerardo Salazar-Rodriguez by U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer closes a seven-year court case that resulted in more than a dozen defendants convicted.

Gerardo Salazar-Rodriguez traveled to Mexico City in 2007 to kill Guillermo "Montes" Jimenez-Flores, a business rival of Julio and Manuel Leija-Sanchez, two brothers who operated the fake IDs scam.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported telephone wiretaps recorded Salazar-Rodriguez discussing the black blood that flowed from Jimenez-Flores' liver after he was gunned down in a taxi -- a detail only the killer could have known. The brothers were sentenced to a life sentence.

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