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Lawyer: Rambo in NY sniper case mentally shaky

October 1, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York lawyer says he’s concerned about the mental and emotional stability of a former U.S. soldier known as Rambo as he faces charges he plotted to kill a federal agent.

Attorney Marlon Kirton says client Joseph Hunter seemed about to cry Tuesday before his court appearance. The lawyer told a federal judge he’s concerned about Hunter’s mental and emotional health.

The judge says she may order an evaluation if the Manhattan prison where he’s being held doesn’t do one.

The concern came at a hearing in which two of Hunter’s co-defendants pleaded not guilty. All three were charged with conspiring to kill a Drug Enforcement Administration agent for $800,000. Authorities call them trained snipers.

Hunter and another defendant served in the U.S. Army. The third is a German former soldier.

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