Five suspects in home invasion murder get 30 years each

Five home invaders linked to the murder of an elderly Cartago man each got 30 years in prison in criminal court Tuesday.

The murder took place on Aug. 18, 2010, said the Poder Judicial. The dead man was Efraín Arias Chinchilla, 82.

The crime took place in Llano Bonito de San Pablo in León Cortés.

The five men wearing masks broke into the home and surprised the man, his wife and a son about 9 p.m. The intruders tied up the wife and son and then took the man to
his room where they demanded money. When the man refused or said there was no money the men became enraged, beat him and smothered him with bed coverings, said investigators at the time. They then threatened the wife, who told them where some money was, police said.

They took jewels and fled in two vehicles. Police were able to detain the suspects at a roadblock because sons of the man made quick calls after the intruders fled.

The men convicted Tuesday were identified by the last names of Morales Rey, Cerdas Varela, Retana Martínez, Blanco Ramírez and Campos Martínez.

The case was in the Tribunal Penal de Cartago.

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