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Director of Guatemala prison holding gang members is slain

Authorities in Guatemala say the director of a prison where street gang members are held has been shot to death.

The spokesman for the national prison system said Saturday that Jose Maria Perez Corado was shot to death in a park in the city of Escuintla. Spokesman Rudy Esquivel says Perez Corado was on his day off when he was killed.

The 50-year-old was director of the Escuintla prison, which is known as "El Infiernito," or Little Hell.

The 267 inmates at the high-security prison have been demanding that they be allowed to have TVs and sound equipment in the prison and had asked that Perez Corado be replaced.