Killing Argentina music legend Facundo Cabral is comparable to shooting Santa Claus in Latin America. Cabral also was a celebrated songwriter, poet and even a philosopher.
So when he was gunned down in Guatemala July 9, 2011, after a concert and on his way to the airport, the Latin world was shocked. Investigation showed that his death was collateral damage to an ambush meant for Nicaraguan promoter Henry Fariñas, who was driving. Fariñas survived.
Investigators concluded that the ambush was drug related and that the author of the crime was a Costa Rican, Alejandro Jimenez González, and the international manhunt began. The case culminated Thursday in a Guatemala City courtroom when Jiménez and four other men were sentenced to 30 years plus 20 years for crimes involving the murder.
Police captured Jiménez March 12, 2012, in Colombia’s Choco region near Panamá.
The man accumulated great wealth while living in Costa Rica. Investigators claim that he ran two drug gangs in partnership with Fariñas. He faces other charges in Guatemala and in Costa Rica he faces a money laundering allegation along with family members.