Three get 30 years each in murder of professor

Three men received prison sentences of 30 years each in the murder of an English professor who died Dec. 15, 2009. The victim, Alexander Obando Campos, worked at various points along the Caribbean coast, including in Sixaola, for the Universidad de Costa Rica.

He disappeared while he was en route to teach English. Agents found his body three days later buried near the Río La Estrella in Penshurt. Stolen was his portable computer and his cell telephone, agents said at the time.

The Poder Judicial identified the convicted men by the last names of Chinchilla Aguilar, Lanzas Matarrita and Obregón Rodríguez.

The teacher was believed to have given a ride to the three men on the day of his death. Agents later discovered the victim’s automobile near the same river, and it appeared someone had been tryng to push the vehicle into the water. The victim was en route to Amubri, Bribri, Talamanca, from Limón.

The sentence is expected to be reviewed by the Sala III court.

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