A former DEA confidential informant last week pleaded guilty for his role in the 2021 assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, the Associated Press reported.
Joseph Vincent, a dual American-Haitian citizen living in the US, had attended meetings in both Florida and Haiti before Moïse’s assassination.
Vincent is the fourth of eleven Miami defendants to plead guilty in the assassination plot.
Retired Columbian Army officer Germán Alejandro Rivera Garcia was sentenced to life in prison in late October after pleading guilty. In June, Haitian businessman Rodolphe Jaar was also sentenced to life in prison. John Joël Joseph, a former Haitian senator, pleaded guilty in October after being extradited to Miami last year and will be sentenced on December 19.
All four were part of what federal prosecutors described as a conspiracy plotted in Florida and Haiti that resulted in mercenaries shooting Moïse 12 times in his home near Port-Au-Prince on July 7, 2021.
According to prosecutors, around 20 Columbian citizens as well as several dual American-Haitian citizens were involved in the plot. Initially, the conspirators planned to kidnap Moïse but later chose to kill him.
Investigators alleged that the conspirators had hoped that they could secure contracts with Haiti under Moïse’s successor.
Following the assassination, Vincent insisted he was innocent, telling a Haitian judge that he was only a translator for the Columbian mercenaries who were accused of carrying out the assassination.
With his guilty plea, Vincent faces life in prison on multiple charges, including conspiracy to kidnap or kill a person outside of the United States and conspiracy to provide resources and material support.
Under the terms of his plea agreement, Vincent will cooperate with the investigation in exchange for the government withdrawing to charges of conspiring to commit offenses against the United States.
The judge scheduled Vincent’s sentencing for February 9.