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Oct 22, 2012

5 Guatemalan National, who plotted to murder Shoman Family, also in Appeals Court

Also in the Court of Appeal, were five Guatemalan nationals who were convicted in February 2011 for plotting to rob and murder businessman Jose Shoman Junior and his family back in December 2008.  Justice Adolph Lucas sentenced Miguel Mayorga, Eswin Fabian Rosalez, Carlos Juarez, Jose Ismael Cordova and Cesar Aldana to ten years each for Conspiracy to Commit Robbery. Mayorga and Aldana got an additional fourteen years for conspiracy to Commit Murder while Rosalez, Juarez and Cordova got twelve years for that charge.  Mayorga was also sentenced to an additional eight years for firearm and ammunition offences, for which the other four men were acquitted. But the men don’t intend to be behind bars for that long and they have filed an appeal, seeking to have their convictions and sentenced overturned.  Arguments began last Thursday and concluded today when the panel of judges reserved ruling for a later date.  Their attorney, Hubert Elrington, argued eight grounds for the appeal, including that the Judge Lucas erred in law when he let the jury go into deliberations without any directions or warnings in a case where the evidence was solely visual identification evidence. Elrington also submitted that the trial judge was wrong to permit the witness, Eric Alexander Miranda, to make a dock identification of the five accused men and to leave the case in the hands of the jury without giving them adequate direction on conspiracy and joint enterprise.  The appeal judges noted that there were a number of discrepancies in the trial, but left their ruling for a later date. The plan back in December 2008 was to invade Shoman’s house, rob him and murder his seven family members. But employees, Eric Miranda and Hector Perez, who were asked to assist in the crime, alerted Shoman and the police. another Guatemalan national, Francisco “Pancho” Martinez was believed to have been the mastermind behind the plot, but he was released on bail and absconded to Mexico where he is now in prison for other offences.

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4 Responses for “5 Guatemalan National, who plotted to murder Shoman Family, also in Appeals Court”

  1. Genotu Rembiuos says:

    IF THOSE WOLVES GO FREE , THEY WILL STRIKE BACK AT THE SHOMAN AND THIS TIME THEY WILL NOT (NOT) FAIL !!!
    PLEASE PROTECT BELIZEAN DEAR JUDGES, PLEASE DO THAT FOR US, WE ARE SO SCARED OF THESE FOREIGN MURDERERS.
    THEY KILL AND FLEE TO THEIR COUNTRY, PLEASE HELP US BELOVED JUDGES, PLEASE.
    WE NEED HELP FROM CAYO CRIME STOPPERS, PLEASE HELP US CAYO.

  2. Genotu Rembiuos says:

    Talking about Guats, look here:>> :

    Guatemalan Pleads Guilty to Crystal Meth

    41 year old Guatemalan Eric Granados will spend his first night in jail tonight after he pleaded guilty to trafficking Crystal Meth today.

    Granados took the plea in San Ignacio Magistrate’s court. He was sentenced to three years in prison and fined one hundred thousand dollars. And if he can’t pay the fine, he’ll serve another 2 years in prison.

    He took the plea so that his 22 year old son, Guillermo Granados could go free. Charges against him were dropped and he was released. Police also released the Volvo car to the younger Granados – as it is registered in his name.

    As we reported, on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 the ADU and the k-9 Unit set up a checkpoint near the Belize – Guatemala border. They intercepted the car coming into Belize. A search by the K-9 unit inside the door panels turned up four parcels of Crystal Meth – weighing just under 11 pounds with a street value of a quarter million Belize dollars.

    There is no known market for the highly addictive drug in Belize – so it is believed they were only passing through Belize possibly on their way to Mexico”

    My point is that they both KNEW that they were smuggling drugs, why was the vehicle released by the judge? That vehicle WAS used for drugs trafficking !!! DO YOUR HOMEWORK JUDGE !!!!

  3. Storm says:

    It should be a presumption that foreign nationals will not generally be granted bail when charged with serious offenses here. It is quite foreseeable that they will abscond to their home countries, as this one did.

  4. Seletar says:

    Good point, Genotu. In fact, when police find drugs in a Belizean’s home, ALL the people in the house get arrested and charged. So why is there a special rule for Guat drug traffickers? Maybe that is just part of Barrow-Elrington’s appeasement policy toward Guatemala.

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