CARACAS (Reuters) – Three men convicted of murdering a former Miss Venezuela and her ex-husband this year were sentenced to at least 24 years in jail in a case that shook the crime-ridden South American nation, authorities said.
Monica Spear, 29, a soap opera actress, and Thomas Berry, 39, died after being attacked when their car broke down at night on a highway in central Venezuela in January.
The 2004 Miss Venezuela winner lived in the United States but was vacationing in her home-land at the time. The pair’s five-year-old daughter survived but took a bullet in her leg.
Three men confessed to their involvement in the murder, the public prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
Jean Carlos Colina, 19, got a 26-year sentence, while Jose Ferreira Herrera, 18 and Nelfrend Jimenez Alvarez, 21, were jailed for 24 years, the statement said. Four other men, one woman, and two adolescents still face proceedings in the case.