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Jun 2, 2017

Accused Toledo Murderer Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

Florencio Pop

Forty-seven-year-old Florencio Pop who was charged with the February, 2012 chopping murder of Felix Cucul Ich in Bladden Village, in Southern Belize, was sentenced in the Dangriga Supreme court earlier this week.   This came after Pop changed his not guilty plea of murder to guilty of manslaughter in the presence of his attorney, Oscar Selgado.  By so doing, Pop received a major deduction of a total of seven years from a fifteen-year sentence imposed on him by Justice Denis Hanomansingh. For saving the court’s time, five years were deducted and another two for assisting and handing himself to police.  Pop’s time behind bars reflects time already served effective March sixth, 2012.  Ich was murdered between miles fifty-three and fifty-four on the Southern Highway in Bladden Village. He sustained a single chop wound to the neck. Pop turned himself in at the Independence Police Station on February twenty-ninth, 2012, two days after the murder.  A post mortem examination revealed that Ich died as a result of traumatic shock due to partial decapitation to the neck.

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