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Doctors sent Mr. Williams to the Louisiana State University Medical Center at Shreveport, where he was listed in critical condition yesterday.

Guardsmen get prison for smuggling cocaine

TUCSON, Ariz. — Three former National Guardsmen ensnared in an FBI sting were sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to cocaine smuggling, and one said he hopes to rejoin the military after he gets out.

Demian F. Castillo, a former recruiter at a Tucson Army National Guard armory, was sentenced to 2½ years Wednesday for two drug runs in 2002 in exchange for a $14,000 payoff from what he thought was a Mexican cartel.

Instead of smugglers, he was working for federal agents in the FBI’s undercover Operation Lively Green, which targeted government and other public employees suspected of drug smuggling.

“I was a good soldier who made a couple bad decisions,” the 35-year-old former sergeant first class told a federal judge at his sentencing. “Time will tell if, one day, I can get back in.”

Also sentenced Wednesday on drug smuggling charges were former Guard members Sheldon L. Anderson and Mario Quintana. Anderson was sentenced to 10 months in prison for taking part in a single cocaine run in March 2004. Quintana was sent to prison for two years for running two loads of cocaine in 2002.

Planes at air show collide; pilot killed

OSHKOSH, Wis. — Two planes at an experimental air show collided while landing yesterday, killing at least one of the pilots, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The FAA said the accident with the two P-51 Mustangs happened at 3:17 p.m. after the planes finished a performance at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual AirVenture show.

P-51 Mustangs are single-seat fighters that were used in World War II.

On Monday, a veteran pilot trying to break a speed record en route to Oshkosh was killed when his small, experimental plane crashed into an apartment building and playground in Switzerland.

From staff reports and wire dispatches