Guatemalan Soldiers Jailed For Life

News Americas, GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala, Weds. Aug. 3, 2011: Four former Guatemalan soldiers will spend the rest of their lives in jail.

Daniel Martinez, Manuel Pop Sun, and Reyes Collin Gualip were sentenced to 6,060 years in prison each for murder and crimes against humanity.

The four were yesterday convicted for the massacre of more than 200 people during the country’s civil conflict in the village of Dos Erres in 1982.
They received a sentence of 30 years for each of the 201 victims.

The massacre at Dos Erres is one of the most violent episodes in Guatemala’s brutal 36-year civil conflict. Hundreds of villagers were shot or bludgeoned to death and their bodies thrown down a well.