Latin America & the Caribbean

Guatemala sentences 5 for killing of Argentine folk singer

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2012, file photo, Costa Rican citizen Alejandro Jimenez Gonzalez, a suspect in the July 2011 murder of Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral, sits in shackles at court as he waits for his hearing in Guatemala City. A court in Guatemala has found Jimenez Gonzalez along with other 4 men guilty on Thursday, April 7, 2016, of the shooting death of Cabral.  (AP Photo/Moises Castillo,File)

FILE – In this Sept. 3, 2012, file photo, Costa Rican citizen Alejandro Jimenez Gonzalez, a suspect in the July 2011 murder of Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral, sits in shackles at court as he waits for his hearing in Guatemala City. A court in Guatemala has found Jimenez Gonzalez along with other 4 men guilty on Thursday, April 7, 2016, of the shooting death of Cabral. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo,File)

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A judge in Guatemala has sentenced a Costa Rican man and four Guatemalans to 30 years in prison for the 2011 killing of Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral.

The five also got 20-year sentences for the attempted murder of businessman and concert promoter Henry Farinas, who was driving with Cabral in Guatemala in July 2011.

Farinas survived, but was later sentenced to 30 years in prison in Nicaragua judge for money laundering.

Prosecutors say a trafficking gang believed Farinas had betrayed it. Cabral was not implicated in illicit activity.

 

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