A Brazilian court has upheld the conviction of an Amazon rancher found guilty of ordering the killing of an American nun and rain forest activist.
A court in Para state says Regivaldo Galvao must serve his 30-year sentence.
A jury last year found Galvao guilty of ordering the 2005 shooting death of Dorothy Stang. But he was quickly freed on appeal.
A court on Tuesday denied that appeal, though the defense has other appeal routes open.
Calls to a defense lawyer's office rang unanswered.
Stang worked for three decades to preserve the rain forest and defend poor settlers' land rights.
Prosecutors say Galvao and another rancher ordered her killing because she was blocking them from illegally obtaining a parcel of land.