Imprisoned woman awarded delayed mother’s day gift

Yerlin María Juárez Soto and one of her children are seen with President Laura Chinchilla. Photo: Casa Presidencial

The Consejo de Gobierno, the president’s cabinet, awarded a pardon Tuesday to a women convicted of trying to smuggle drugs into prison.

She is Yerlin María Juárez Soto, 26, who was facing more than five years in jail.

President Laura Chinchilla characterized the pardon as a mother’s day present. Ms. Juárez has four children, including one who is a year old and ill with a degenerative spinal illness.

Such pardons are traditional at major holidays.

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