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2 Puerto Rico policemen sentenced in fatal beating case

2 Puerto Rico police officers sentenced in fatal beating case

2 Puerto Rico policemen sentenced in fatal beating case

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Two Puerto Rico police officers have been sentenced after being found guilty of civil rights violations and obstruction of justice in the case of a man who was beaten to death.

The U.S. Justice Department said in a statement Friday that Jimmy Rodriguez Vega will serve nearly three years in prison for hitting the victim with a baton. Officials said David Colon Martinez was sentenced to two years for making false statements to an FBI agent.

The former police officers are among six who pleaded guilty in the case and were sentenced.

Authorities have said 19-year-old Jose Luis Irizarry Perez was fatally beaten during an election celebration in November 2008.

Puerto Rico's police department is undergoing a 10-year federally mandated reform following accusations of killings, corruption and civil rights violations.


Updated : 2021-09-27 23:22 GMT+08:00