Marciano “Chano” Millan Vasquez, didn’t appear bothered as he was told he will serve seven consecutive life sentences in US prison for murders
“Without mercy or compunction, he brutally murdered anyone and everyone as it suited him and his cartel, at times inflicting the cruellest of pain, forcing relatives to watch their loved ones murdered before he turned his blades on them,” US Attorney Richard L. Durbin Jr. told reporters after Millan’s sentencing hearing.
“Today’s sentence marks an end to his reign of terror over the drug plaza in Piedras Negras.”
Prosecutors in San Antonio Texas say an assassin and gun runner for Mexico’s violent Zetas drug cartel must serve seven consecutive life terms in a U.S. prison.
Marciano “Chano” Millan Vasquez was sentenced Wednesday in San Antonio.
A jury last July convicted Millan of 10 drug and weapons-related counts, including killing while engaged in drug trafficking.
Investigators say the 34-year-old Millan, who has been in jail since his 2015 arrest in Texas, was a regional leader of the cartel in Piedras Negras, Mexico.
Witnesses testified Millan worked with other cartel leaders to bribe politicians and kill dozens of people to protect drug smuggling, as such, complicit for years in both mass executions and individual acts of brutal murder.
Witnesses testified that Millan in 2013 used an ax to dismember a girl and burned her body in front of her parents, to punish her father. He then ordered the parents and 15 others killed in similar fashion.
However, according to his defense attorney, Jaime Cavazos, Millan Vasquez, the man accused of being a regional boss for the Zetas cartel, is a simple goat rancher wrongly arrested by Mexican authorities, his lawyer told a jury Friday.
“Chano” Millan Vasquez, 34, a regional boss of the Mexican Zetas cartel received seven life sentences for his involvement in 29 deaths which he carried out for the Zetas cartel, a drug gang which operates in northern Mexico.
Millan was operating as a regional boss for the ruthless cartel, which is believed to have systematically slaughtered at least 300 people between 2009 and 2015.
One of his victims was a six-year-old girl he dismembered on the patio of her family home in order to “teach her father a lesson”.
At his trial a witness testified that Millan laughed as he forced the child’s parents and other hostages to watch while he hacked off her arms and legs with an axe while she was still alive before setting fire to them in a barrel.
He then ordered the parents and 15 others be killed in the same brutal fashion.
“The level of violence … is something that is rarely seen in the courtroom and … rarely seen even in fiction,” Assistant US Attorney Russ Leachman told the judge.
Not only were victims chopped up, but their bodies were dissolved with acid or burned in barrels until little was left. The murders and disposal of the bodies were “horrific,” Mr Leachman said.
Zetas head Omar Trevino Morales was apprehended by Mexican authorities in March 2015. He gave the orders for the ‘Allende Massacre’
Zetas soldiers operated with impunity in the region
The murders were all carried out in Mexico but because Millan was working and living in San Antonio at the time of his arrest, he was prosecuted in a Texas court and will serve out his sentence in a US jail.
At his trial last year the court heard how Millan began as a foot soldier for the Zetas, the former paramilitary enforcement arm of the Gulf Cartel, before being promoted to boss of the Piedras Negras plaza, an important smuggling corridor across the border from Eagle Pass.
Millan was placed at the scenes of a mass roundup in March 2011 ordered by then-leader Miguel “Cuarenta” Treviño Morales of more than 300 people in towns south or near Piedras Negras.
The cartel ransacked the towns, bombing homes, offices and government buildings, killing men, women and children in a murderous frenzy after Treviño and other leaders discovered one of their own had turned US informant. The cartel burned their bodies in barrels of acid or with diesel fuel, the court heard.
The grim affair, known as the “Allende massacre,” left many searching for the whereabouts of their loved ones for years.
Marciano Millan Vasquez most likely die in jail for his involvement in the deaths of 29 people, including a six-year-old girl.
Scenes of carnage from the Allende massacre. Over 400 people died as the area was sacked by soldiers of the Zetas cartel
Judge Rodriguez added on another five years for lying to federal agents and slapped him with a $1million fine.
Asked if he wished to say anything, Millan told the judge: “No. Está bien (No. It’s all right).”
Millan was arrested in July 2015 while living under an assumed name in a modest house at 315 Jesse Avenue on San Antonio’s West Side, where he had settled with some relatives.
He was tried in 2016 and convicted on all 10 charges he faced, including killing in furtherance of drug-trafficking crimes.
US law allowed the federal government to prosecute him for killings in another country as long as those violent acts were part of a drug conspiracy with connections to the US.