The high criminal court has upheld a 50-year prison sentence for a man who ignited a shipping container while four persons were inside. The victims died.
The Poder Judicial said that the Sala III of the Corte Supreme de Justicia rejected appeals presented by the defense lawyers of the man identified by the last name of Vásquez. A criminal court in Puntarenas found him guilty in July 2012 and awarded the lengthy term. Killed were two men and two women, including a minor. The original sentence was for 142 years, but the legal limit in Costa Rica is 50 years.
The crime was June 10, 2011 in a field in Herradura near Jacó. The shipping container was being used as a home. Vásquez was accused of chaining the doors of the steel container shut and then pouring inflammable fluids around the exterior.