Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Guatemalan soldier sentenced to 6,060 Years....…And yet, is it really time enough for what he's done?"

(CNN) -- A Guatemalan court convicted a former soldier for his role in a 1982 massacre and sentenced him to more than 6,000 years in prison.

Pedro Pimentel Rios is the fifth former soldier convicted of atrocities for the killing of 250 people in the village of Dos Erres during the country's civil war.

Pimentel was extradited from the United States to Guatemala in July, 2011.

Relatives of the victims told CNN affiliate Noti7 that justice was late, but it finally came.

Judge Irma Valdez said Monday the evidence presented by the prosecution and the testimonies of the witnesses proved that Pimentel was involved in the killings.
He was sentenced to 30 years each for 201 of the Dos Erres killings and another 30 on a charge of crimes against humanity.

Pimentel was part of a special unit known as the Kaibiles, who stormed the village, thinking that residents were hiding left-wing guerrillas. Read More

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