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Two former U.S. soldiers receive life in prison

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The alleged ring-leader in a murder-for-hire scheme was sentenced to life in prison last week, apparently closing the books on a scheme that also brought the convictions of two former U.S. Army soldiers from Roxboro.

Joseph Hunter, a former soldier who led air assault teams during his 21-year career in the Army, was serving as security director for a known drug and weapons trafficker, Paul Le Roux, according to a report in the Army Times. He recruited Carl David Stillwell, 51, and Adam Samia, 44, two former soldiers who were living in Roxboro at the time to take part in a plot to kill a real estate agent in the Phillipines that Hunter’s boss had a disagreement with.

All three men were convicted in a trial in U.S. Federal Court in the Southern District of New York last spring. Last fall, Stillwell and Samia were both sentenced to life in prison.

Samia and Stillwell were each convicted of conspiracy to commit murder-for-hire and committing murder-for-hire, each of which carried a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

Both men were also convicted of conspiring to murder and kidnap in a foreign country and using and carrying a firearm during a violent crime, each of which carried a maximum sentence of life in prison and conspiring to commit money laundering, which carried a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

In 2011 and 2012, Samia and Stillwell agreed to commit the murders overseas in exchange for salaries and bonus payments for each victim. They carried out the murder in 2012. They were arrested in Person County in 2015.

According to the indictment, Samia and Stillwell killed Catherine Lee, a Filipino real estate agent in the Philippines.

According to prosecutors, Samia and Stillwell posed as real estate customers and after visiting a site that was for sale, they shot Lee on the return trip.

They shot her multiple times in the face and disposed of her body on a pile of garbage for $35,000 each.

Hunter was convicted of conspiring to commit murder-for-hire, committing murder-for hire, conspiring to murder and kidnap in a foreign country and using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

Le Roux, who was also convicted in connection with the killing, cooperated with the government and testified against the men.

Stillwell is serving his sentence in the U.S. Penitentiary in Allenwood Pa. Samia is behind bars at McCreary Penitentiary in Pine Knot, Ky.

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