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Drug kingpin

Drug kingpin Jamiel Alexander "Jimmy" Chagra, accused of leading a 1979 conspiracy to assassinate the federal judge set to preside over his drug trial, died Friday. He had suffered from cancer, said his sister, Patsy Chagra.

U.S. District Judge John Wood Jr. was fatally shot May 29, 1979, outside his San Antonio home. Mr. Wood was known as "Maximum John" because of his tough sentencing of drug dealers. Chagra faced indictments on several narcotics conspiracy charges at the time of the judge's assassination.

Hit man Charles Harrelson, the father of actor Woody Harrelson, was convicted of murder and died in prison last year while serving two life sentences. Chagra was acquitted of most charges in Mr. Wood's death, including conspiracy, but he was convicted of obstructing the investigation and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Chagra also pleaded guilty in a failed 1978 assassination attempt on Assistant U.S. Attorney James Kerr and was sentenced to life in prison.

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