Colombian rebel pleads guilty to hostage taking

WASHINGTON (AP) — A member of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia has pleaded guilty to taking three American citizens hostage after their single-engine plane crash-landed in a remote area of Colombia in 2003.

Alexander Beltran-Herrera entered the plea in federal court Tuesday, two years after being extradited to the United States to stand trial. He pleaded guilty to hostage taking and aiding and abetting.

The U.S. government says two others who were in the plane were murdered at the crash site by members of the group known as FARC.

For the past 50 years, FARC has been engaged in an armed effort to overthrow the Colombian government.

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