Guatemalan nationals convicted of resort robbery
Two Guatemalan nationals who have terrorized a western community were convicted today. Jeronimo Cortez Gonzalez and Marcos Javier Chiquin Molina have been sentenced to five years for two counts of robbery, aggravated assault, conspiracy to robbery, and unlawful imprisonment of several employees at a resort. The conviction stems from a 2002 incident at Black Rock Lodge. According to court reports, Molina, forty-two years old and Gonzalez, forty-nine years old were sentenced late this evening by Senior Magistrate Sharon Frazer. Gonzalez was found guilty of aggravated assault upon Julian Sherrard and he was sentenced to one year.
Molina received five years for robbery, and one for aggravated assault. Though both men were found guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery, their five year sentence will run concurrently with the robbery sentence. The duo was also found guilty of unlawful imprisonment of several persons whom they had held hostage for which they will serve an additional two years. Apparently they were already serving a five year sentence for a 2009 robbery, and the current five year term for the Black Rock robbery starts today. Both men were unrepresented and pleaded not guilty to the offenses. The men still have other robbery trials pending for other incidents in Cayo.