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Colombian hit man convicted in Kansas City dies in prison

Updated: 2013-03-27T19:32:36Z

By MARK MORRIS

The Kansas City Star

A Colombian hit man convicted in Kansas City and awaiting a federal death sentence died of a heart attack in prison earlier this month.

A federal jury in Kansas City convicted German C. Sinisterra and two other men in December 2000 for the execution-style killing two years earlier of Julian Colon. The cocaine cartel that hired the hit men suspected that Colon had stolen $240,000 in cocaine profits.

Sinisterra, 48, died at a Terre Haute, Ind., hospital on March 7 after a heart attack, according to prison records filed in federal court.

According to trial testimony, Colon and his nephew were lured to a south Kansas City home, where they were bound, gagged and beaten. The nephew was dragged to the basement, where he heard Colon crying upstairs. Soon he heard a gunshot.

The nephew then heard a gunshot go off near his own head. He played dead and he and his uncle’s body were stuffed into the trunk of a Lexus, which was dumped in Swope Park.

After escaping the Lexus, the nephew contacted investigators, who quickly arrested Sinisterra and the others at an Overland Park hotel.

The jury also convicted Arboleda A. Ortiz, 45, and Plutarco Tello, 47. Ortiz was sentenced to death. Tello is serving a life sentence.

A fourth man convicted later in the case, Edwin R. Hinestroza, 43, also is serving a life sentence.

To reach Mark Morris, call 816-234-4310 or send email to mmorris@kcstar.com.

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