Kevin Corley, 30, of Columbia, S.C., pleaded guilty last September to conspiracy to commit murder for hire, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana, and possessing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, the FBI's San Antonio Division said.
Corley is the last of seven co-defendants to be sentenced in a conspiracy involving some of the defendants in a murder-for-hire plot and all of them in a drug trafficking conspiracy.
Senior U.S. District Judge George P. Kazen handed down a sentence of 96 months to Corley for the conspiracy charges and a consecutive sentence of 60 months for the use of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime. The sentences total total of 13 years.
He was also ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.
In handing down the sentence, Kazen noted that although Corley became the leader in the overall conspiracy by getting the team together, selling armored vests, purchasing assault rifles and giving them to undercover agents, he ultimately took responsibility by pleading guilty and assisted in the convictions of others as a very effective witness at trial, the FBI said.
Samuel Walker, a 29-year-old former U.S. Army soldier from Sharon, Miss., and Calvin Epps, 29, of Hopkins, S.C., were convicted following the jury trial in which Corley testified. The remaining four -- Marcus Mickle, 21, and Robert Corley, 24, both of Columbia; Shavar Davis, 30, of Denver; and Mario Corley, 41, of Saginaw, Texas -- all pleaded guilty and have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from 30 months to 15 years for their roles in the overall conspiracy.