Guatemalan jailed for 6 060 years

2012-03-13 06:50

Guatemala City – A former member of an elite Guatemalan military force extradited from the United States in July has been sentenced to a 6 060 years in prison for his role in the killings of 101 people in a 1982 massacre.

Pedro Pimentel Rios was the fifth former special forces soldier sentenced to 6 060 years or more for what has become known as the “Dos Erres” massacre after the northern Guatemala hamlet where it occurred.

The length of the sentences is largely symbolic since under Guatemalan law the maximum time a convict can serve is 50 years.

Pimentel Rios is a 54-year-old former instructor at the Guatemalan training school for an elite military force known as the “kaibiles.”

The sentence was handed down yesterday by a three-judge panel.

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