MIAMI – A Hialeah man has been convicted in the 2007 hijacking of the "Joe Cool" charter boat and slayings of four people aboard.
The verdict on 16 counts against 21-year-old Guillermo Zarabozo was returned Thursday by a Miami jury after less than two days of deliberations. The former security guard's first trial ended in a hung jury on most charges.
Prosecutors said Zarabozo plotted with 37-year-old Kirby Archer to hijack the boat to Cuba and kill its captain, his wife and two crew members. Zarabozo claimed Archer committed the killings. The two were found floating in the "Joe Cool's" life raft a few miles from Cuban waters.
Archer pleaded guilty and is serving a life prison sentence. Zarabozo also faces life behind bars.