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Rancher gets 30 years for killing nun in Brazil

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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.

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