Brazilian Rancher Sentenced in Case of Murdered US Nun

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SAO PAULO (AP) - A Brazilian rancher charged with ordering the 2005 slaying of American nun and Amazon defender Dorothy Stang has been sentenced to 30 years in jail 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 wasn't given enough time to prepare his defense during the 2010 trial.

Prosecutors contend that Moura and another rancher hired gunmen to kill Stang, who was born in Dayton, Ohio. The defense said there wasn't enough evidence linking Moura to the crime.

The trial that ended late Thursday night took place in a state court in Belem, the capital of the violence-wracked Amazonian state of Para.

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