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Argued: September 21, 2009

Before: LEVAL, RAGGI, and LIVINGSTON, Circuit Judges.

Defendant Gilberto Caraballo appeals from a judgment of conviction entered after a jury trial in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (Raymond J. Dearie, Chief Judge) at which he was found guilty on five counts relating to the murder of Jose Fernandez, see 18 U.S.C. § 1958(a) (substantive and conspiratorial murder-for-hire); id. § 373(a) (solicitation to commit a crime of violence); id. § 924(c) (use of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence); 21 U.S.C. § 848(e)(1)(A) (murder while engaging in a narcotics offense); one count relating to the murder of Edward Cortes, see id. (murder while engaging in a narcotics offense); conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine hydrochloride and fifty grams or more of cocaine base (“crack”), see id. §§ 841(b)(1)(A), 846; and two counts of firearm possession, see 18 U.S.C. § 922(g) (felon in possession of a firearm); id. § 924(c) (possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime). Caraballo was sentenced principally to five concurrent terms of life imprisonment and is currently serving that sentence.

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