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Former Army Sniper Sentenced to 20 Years for Conspiring to Kill DEA Agent

dea-badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former U.S. Army sniper instructor accused of conspiring in a plot to kill a DEA agent was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison.

The Associated Press reports that Joseph Hunter, also known as Rambo, was accused of receiving $100,000 to recruit snipers to kill a DEA agent. The people h
e hired – a former U.S. Army soldier and an ex-German soldier – were sentenced earlier to 20 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain said Hunter made the “dishonorable choice” to conspire to kill an agent and a cooperating witness in Liberia in 2013.

“His was a choice that betrayed society and the honor and trust that this country invested in his military career,” Swain said.

German Sniper Sentenced to 20 Years for Plot to Kill DEA Agent, Informant

dea-badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A German sniper who plotted to assassinate a federal DEA agent was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday, the New York Post reports. 

Dennis “Nico” Gogel was convicted in January of conspiring to murder the agent and a confidential informant in Liberia for $800,000, the Post wrote.

“How stupid I feel to have engaged in something like that,” Gogel said at his sentencing.

“I’m not the same person I was before.”

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Army Sniper Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Murder DEA Agent, Informant

Sniper rifle

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former U.S. Army sniper has pleaded guilty to conspiring to murder a DEA agent and an informant.

Joseph Hunter, 49, and five others were arrested in September 2013 after they were recorded plotting to kill a DEA agent and informant in Liberia for $800,000, International Business Times reports.

Hunter was snared in a sting operation in which he thought he was working for a Columbian drug cartel.

Hunter faces between 10 years and life in prison when he is sentenced in May.

He also pleaded guilty to firearms charges and conspiring to import cocaine into the U.S.

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Walter R. Walsh, Former FBI Agent, Olympian and Marine Corps Sniper, Died at 106

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Walter R. Walsh chased gangsters as an FBI agent in the 1930s before becoming the longest-lived Olympian.

He died at 106 at his home in Arlington, Va., the Associated Press reports.

Walsh also trained Marine Corps snipers.

In 1934, Walsh joined the FBI and began pursuing gangsters. His efforts led to the capture of Arthur “Doc” Barker in Chicago. He also fatally shot Russell “Rusty” Gibson – one of between 11 and 17 gangsters he killed, his son said.

Walsh also joined the Marine Corps and trained snipers in North Carolina.
In the London Olympics in 1948, Walsh placed 12th in the men’s 50-meter free pistol event.

Wanted: More Than 140,000 Rounds of Sniper Ammunition for Homeland Security

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security is in on a shopping spree for more than 140,000 rounds of sniper ammunition, Inforwars.com reports.

The department is looking for 141,160 rounds of Hornady .308 Winchester 168gr A-MAX TAP ammunition.

The cost per round – $1.20.

It’s unclear why the department wants so many rounds of ammunition because the bullets are unsuitably expensive for training purposes, according to Infowars.com.

 

ATF Sniper Recalls News Coverage of Deadly Waco Raid in Texas Two Decades LAter

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

One of the first snipers on the scene at the deadly Waco clash in Texas was Wendel Frost, an ATF agent at the time.

Now that he’s retired, Frost, who now lives in Cleveland, can speak openly about the controversial raid in 1993.

Frost said he was frustrated with new coverage that suggested law enforcement went after the Branch Davidian group of its beliefs, the Cleveland Daily Banner wrote.

The truth was, Frost said, the group’s leader, David Koresh, was abusing children and women.

“The thing that actually made us do the high-risk entry was the children,” he told the Bradley Sunrise Rotary Club.

Former Army Snipers Arrested in Alleged Plan to Assassinate DEA Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Two former U.S. Army snipers and a retired sharpshooter planned to assassinate a DEA agent and an informant in Africa, the Justice Department announced, reports the USA Today.

The murders-for-hire were part of a bold plan to fly hundreds of kilograms of cocaine from Colombia to the U.S., the federal government alleges.

The snipers were charged Friday.

The Colombian “drug traffickers” were acting as confidential sources for the DEA, the USA Today reported.

Two other experienced snipers, one from Poland and the other from Germany, were arrested for allegedly being involved in the original plot, the USA Today wrote.

The “bone-chilling allegations read like they were ripped from the pages of a Tom Clancy novel,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement announcing the indictment.

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Lee Boyd Malvo, 10 years After D.C. Area Sniper Shootings: ‘I Was a Monster’

 

Lee Boyd Malvo

By Josh White
Washington Post

Lee Boyd Malvo said he remembers each of the sniper shootings in detail. But one moment — one image — stands out among the carnage of that terrifying time 10 years ago:

“Mr. Franklin’s eyes.”

Malvo remembers being in the blue Chevrolet Caprice, in which police found binoculars and walkie-talkies. He scanned the area to make sure John Allen Muhammad had a clean shot. He gave the “go” order and looked across Route 50 in Seven Corners at the target. Muhammad, hidden on a hill above, pulled the trigger. A bullet screamed across the highway, instantly killing Linda Franklin, who just happened to be going about her business at the Home Depot in Virginia at precisely the wrong time.

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