TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Rancher gets 30 years for killing nun in Brazil

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, 8:54 p.m.
 

SAO PAULO — A Brazilian rancher charged with ordering the 2005 slaying of American nun and Amazon defender Dorothy Stang has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for homicide.

Vitalmiro Bastos de Moura had been tried three times before and sentenced to up to 30 years in prison, but his lawyers appealed and the Supreme Court annulled Moura's latest conviction. The high court said he was not given enough time to prepare his defense during the 2010 trial.

The state prosecutor's office said Moura, 43, is in the same prison he's been held in since 2010.

Local media quoted Stang's brother David, who was present at the trial, as saying: “Justice has been made. I am very happy.”

Prosecutors contend that Moura and another rancher hired gunmen to kill Stang. The defense said there wasn't enough evidence linking Moura to the crime and planned to appeal.

Regivaldo Galvao, another rancher also charged with planning Stang's murder, was sentenced to a 30-year jail term in 2010. Last year, the Supreme Court ordered his release.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. Russia’s missiles-to-Iran deal opens timely market
  2. Suicide bomb blast in Afghanistan tied to Islamic State
  3. Fighting, gasoline shortage intensify Yemen crisis
  4. Iraqi forces retake key oil refinery from ISIS
  5. DNA matches child born in Vietnam, father in Texas after 40 years
  6. Replica of ship that aided American cause sets sail
  7. Australian teenagers arrested in plot to attack veterans event
  8. Dissidents on ballot in Cuban elections
  9. Slain editor’s book condemns ‘Islamophobia’
  10. Iraqi PM, visiting United States, rips Saudi airstrikes in Yemen
  11. Pakistan could put nukes on new submarines sold by China