Padre Minor Gets Sentence Increased on Appeal

Inside Costa Rica

August 20, 2008

Catholic priest, Padre Minor de Jesus Calvo, looking to reduce his sentence lived yesterday what perhaps can be described as the worst day in his life, in hearing the decision of the Sala Tercera de Casacion Penal in reviewing his appeal.

The Sala III decided to upgrade his sentence from "estafa" to "estafa agravada", along with that an increase in the sentence.

The Sala III magistrates decided not annul the sentence for 'estafa" of donations made to the Radio Maria radio as claimed by Calvo in his appeal, but instead ratified the lower court sentence and elevated it to a higher level of "agravada".

The court deliberated for several hours and found the appeal by Calvo and Omar Chaves Mora without merit.

The court confirmed the Chaves sentence of 35 years for the murder of journalist Parmenio Medina and elevated the estafa sentence to estafa agravada for both men.

The change means that Calvo will spend at least 15 years behind bars.


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