Ex-butcher gets life for murdering NY drug dealers

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A former butcher has been sentenced to life in prison for killing two New York drug dealers and carving up their bodies.

A federal judge in Brooklyn imposed the sentence Friday. Jurors could not reach a unanimous decision on whether 44-year-old Humberto Pepin Taveras (Um-ber-TOH' Peh-PEEN' Ta-VEH'-ras) deserved to be put to death.

The same jurors found Pepin guilty last month in the 1992 and 1995 killings. The defense said he acted in self-defense.

One victim's body parts were dumped in a park. The other man's dismembered body was found in a car that was set on fire on the Long Island Expressway in Queens.

Taveras worked as a butcher in the Dominican Republic before coming to the United States.

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