NEW YORK — Two former U.S. soldiers and a professional weapons trainer who led second lives as mercenaries, have been convicted of gunning down a real estate agent in the Philippines in a murder-for-hire plot.
Ringleader Joseph Manuel Hunter, 52, was accused of hiring Adam Samia, 43, and Carl David Stillwell, 50, to gun down the woman in 2012 on behalf of global gun and drug runner.
According to prosecutors, Sami and Stillwell, both of North Carolina, posed as real estate customers and then shot the woman in the face as they drove through the countryside. They left her body on a pile of garbage where it was found days later. The motive for the killing has never been made entirely clear.
The men all face up to life in prison in the killing.
Hunter, a former first class sergeant in the U.S. Army, had already pleaded guilty to a 2013 plot to kill a DEA agent in Thailand and has been serving a 20 year sentence.
He allegedly ran a private security and mercenary outfit called Echelon Associates for the smuggler, Paul Le Roux. Hunter arranged private security to businessman buying gold in Africa .