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Former Chihuahua mayor sentenced to 8 years for his role in murder of journalist

Chínipas, Chihuahua — The former mayor of Chínipas in the state of Chihuahua has been sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in the death of journalist Miroslava Breach. On Tuesday, Hugo Amed Schultz Alcaraz was sentenced to eight years for the March 2017 shooting death of the female journalist.

A group from Propuesta Cívica celebrated the sentencing saying “Miroslava Breach Velducea was assassinated for investigating and exposing the human rights violations of which hundreds of people in the Sierra Tarahumara are victims, as well as the narco-political and corruption networks that operate in Chihuahua.

“More than four years after her murder, we obtained a second conviction against another of the perpetrators involved in his murder.”

The former mayor was tried as an auxiliary participant in the crime. One other person has already been sentenced. Two others still face charges in her murder.

During sentencing, Schultz Alcaraz asked the judge to allow him to present a public apology saying “I am very sorry that any action on my part contributed to his regrettable murder.

“I want to convey this message to Miroslava’s family in which I acknowledge that my contribution affected Miroslava’s rights and I regret the consequences that they generated. The absence of Miroslava Breach as a critical voice of journalism undoubtedly affected the right of society to public information,” he said.

Miroslava Breach was killed while working on a piece for Los Salazar on the Sinaloa Cartel. Her investigative findings lead to her death.