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Oct 3, 2018

Should Convicted Killers Be Given the Death Penalty?

Mike Peyrefitte

On Tuesday, we told you about sixty-year-old Salvadoran National Nicolas Guevara. He is the man who was convicted for the 1992 murder of thirty-six-year-old Marcus Antonio Tzul in the Orange Walk District. Guevara was given a life sentence but had his sentence reduced to twenty-five years. But since he has served more than that amount behind bars, he was set free. We also told you about convicted murderer Dionicio Salazar. Like Guevara, Salazar was given a life sentence as well. He was found guilty of killing Marlon Riviera in 2010 in San Ignacio Town. He appealed his conviction all the way to the CCJ which dismissed his request to have his conviction overturned. And again, like Guevara, Salazar will be resentenced and he is possibly facing a time of twenty-five to thirty years behind bars. The years he has been behind bars will be considered which means that he will spend a lesser amount of years in jail. There are many people who believe that convicted murderers should be given the death penalty as a way to deter others from committing such capital crime. After the Sitting of the Senate, Attorney General Michael Peyrefitte expressed his view on this particular matter.

 

Mike Peyrefitte, Attorney General 

“People want everybody to hang except their own children. Listen the law that we have is the law that we have and the powers given to the Chief Justice at this stage allowed him to do what he did. If a person is in prison for a certain length of time and the judicial bodies make a decision to release that person it must be with good reason. It’s not like we do not have hanging on the books. It is still on the law. It is still there but the CCJ decisions have indicated that those are reserved for the worse of the worse considered murderers. We have not met that legal bar according to the CCJ to this point but I am sure that if we do then we will proceed with what the law says but it is not like we have taken it off the books. There is a lot of debate whether or not hanging or not hanging will be solving the problem so it is a matter of opinion. I am not that aware that there are that many people that are asking for hanging. People will say that because it is just a knee jerk reaction to many things.”

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