Life in prison for Mexican cartel assassin who dismembered 6-year-old girl with axe

Marciano Milan Vasquez (Photo courtesy John Davenport, San Antonio Express-News)

A Mexican Cartel assassin who dismembered a six-year-old girl with an axe and forced her parents to watch as she died has been sentenced to life in prison.

Marciano Millan Vasquez was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to three consecutive life sentences. The 34-year-old Los Zetas drug cartel member was convicted on a number of counts including murder, conspiracy and drug charges.

Authorities say Vasquez killed at least 29 people in Northern Mexico between 2009 and 2015 when he was arrested here in San Antonio while living under a fake name.

Prosecutors say the assassin and gun runner for Mexico's violent Zetas drug cartel must serve seven consecutive life terms in a U.S. prison. Investigators say the 34-year-old Millan, jailed 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.

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