12-year murder sentence upheld by high court ruling

The Sala III of the Corte Suprema de la Justicia has confirmed a sentence of 12 years levied on a man who killed another who would not give him a cigarette.

The killing took place June 22, 2008, when the victim, identified as Dennis Salvador Almanza Gonzálas was accosted by men as he walked in the La Carpio district of La Uruca. The trial court said that the man identified by the last names of Rodríguez Flores shot Almanza at short range when the man declined to give him a cigarette. He was convicted July 23, 2010, said the Poder Judicial.

The court spokespersons said Friday that the conviction was upheld despite an appeal.

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