Three men who confessed to killing a former Miss Venezuela and her British ex-husband in a crime that shocked a nation increasingly accustomed to violence have each been sentenced to more than 20 years in jail.
The sentences were handed down on Tuesday by a court in Valencia, near where Mónica Spear and Thomas Henry Berry were killed in January, when they resisted a robbery attempt while they were stranded on a lonely stretch of highway. Five more defendants remain on trial, Venezuela’s supreme court said.
Oil-rich Venezuela has one of the world’s highest homicide rates, and its president, Nicolás Maduro, has said combating violent crime is one of his top priorities.
Spear was a 2004 Miss Venezuela and popular soap opera actor.