Ecuador man sentenced to 25 years in US murder
QUITO, Ecuador – A court in Ecuador has given a 25 year prison sentence to man convicted last week of premeditated murder in the bludgeoning death of a woman and her toddler son in Massachusetts.
Luis Guaman's case stirred controversy because U.S. prosecutors sought his extradition, hoping to put him in prison for life without parole.
But Ecuador insisted on trying Guaman in his homeland because its new constitution bars extradition of its citizens.
The three-judge court in Cuenca, Ecuador, that convicted Guaman said Tuesday it was also fining him $10,000. It had convicted him of the February 2011 murders in Brockton, Massachusetts, of Maria Palaguachi, 25, and her 2-year-old son, Brian Caguana.
Their badly beaten bodies were found in a dumpster.