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Ex-soldier who killed Guatemalan bishop dies in prison riot

  • CORRECTS YEAR OF CONVICTION - FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2012 file photo shot through a window, former Guatemalan Army Captain Byron Lima Oliva, accused and sentenced in 2001 to 20 years in prison for the 1998 slaying of Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi, stares into the camera as he waits in a courtroom in Guatemala City. Authorities said on Monday, July 18, 2016 that Lima has died in a prison riot. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)

    CORRECTS YEAR OF CONVICTION - FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2012 file photo shot through a window, former Guatemalan Army Captain Byron Lima Oliva, accused and sentenced in 2001 to 20 years in prison for the 1998 slaying of Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi, stares into the camera as he waits in a courtroom in Guatemala City. Authorities said on Monday, July 18, 2016 that Lima has died in a prison riot. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • A prisoner evacuates a child, who was visiting the Pavón prison, to a safer place during a prison riot on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Monday, July 18, 2016. Authorities said Byron Lima, the man serving a prison sentence for killing a Catholic bishop, died in the riot. (AP photo/Moises Castillo)

    A prisoner evacuates a child, who was visiting the Pav√≥n prison, to a safer place during a prison riot on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Monday, July 18, 2016. Authorities said Byron Lima, the man serving a prison sentence for killing a Catholic bishop, died in the riot. (AP photo/Moises Castillo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Seen through several chain link fences, people take cover after a riot broke out inside the Pavon prison in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Monday, July 18, 2016. Authorities in Guatemala say Byron Lima, an army captain serving a prison sentence for killing a Catholic bishop, has died during the riot. (AP Photo/Moses Castillo)

    Seen through several chain link fences, people take cover after a riot broke out inside the Pavon prison in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Monday, July 18, 2016. Authorities in Guatemala say Byron Lima, an army captain serving a prison sentence for killing a Catholic bishop, has died during the riot. (AP Photo/Moses Castillo)  (The Associated Press)

A former army officer serving a prison sentence for the 1998 killing of a Roman Catholic bishop died in a jail riot that killed a total of five inmates Monday, Guatemalan authorities said.

Byron Lima was convicted of the murder of Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi, who was an outspoken critic of military abuses during the country's 36-year civil war. The death was confirmed by firefighter Julio Sanchez, but no other details were released.

Lima was an army captain in 2001 when he was sentenced to 30 years for the killing. The term was later reduced to 20 years. Three other men were also convicted in the case, including Lima's father.

Lima had been considered the most powerful inmate in Guatemala's prison system. He was facing additional charges for his activities behind bars.