Juarez cartel ordered to pay $4.6 billion for killings of 9 Americans

Other than denouncing the violence, U.S. authorities have remained mum over what exactly happened along the Sonora-Chihuahua border the night of the killings. Mexican officials have disclosed information piecemeal in the form of news releases whenever an arrest is made. So far, Mexican authorities have arrested nearly 30 men in connection to the attack.

A federal judge in North Dakota has ordered the transnational criminal organization formerly known as the Juarez cartel to pay monetary damages to the families of nine Americans killed in an ambush in Northern Mexico on Nov. 4, 2019.

The families of Christina Langford, Rhonita Miller, Dawna Ray and six children are to receive a combined $4.64 billion in civil damages under the federal Anti-Terrorism Act, U.S. Magistrate Judge Clare Hochhalter has ruled. Interest will compound at a rate of 6.5 percent a year should the criminal organization now known as “La Linea” delay payment.

Judgment was issued by default on June 24, as the cartel did not contest the proceedings despite the publication of trial notices published in Mexico.

Howard Miller and Tyler Johnson, husbands to the former Rhonita LeBaron and Christina Langford, respectively, filed the civil suit in Bismarck because they were living and working in North Dakota at the time of the killings. The slain Americans had ties to an independent Mormon colony in Northwest Chihuahua known as LeBaron.


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