Man who says he was cartel enforcer pleads guilty to murders

Oct 6, 2015 5:40 PM by News Staff, Photo: Tulare County District Attorney

VISALIA, Calif. (AP) - A man who says he was a cartel enforcer has pleaded guilty to 9 counts of murder in California.

Jose Manuel Martinez entered the pleas Tuesday and will be sentenced next month to life in prison without the possibility of parole under a plea deal.

He also pleaded guilty to one count of attempted murder of a 17-year-old.

After being arrested in 2013, the 53-year-old Martinez opened up to investigators about his violent career.

Authorities say he acknowledged killings across the U.S. and refuses to name his cartel associates.

Authorities say they believe Martinez because he gave details that nobody else knows.

The case in California involves the killing of people in Tulare, Kern and Santa Barbara counties.

Last year, Martinez pleaded guilty in an Alabama court and was given a prison sentence of 50 years.

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