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May 6, 2022

Deandre Guiffaro Sentenced to 15 Years for Manslaughter

Deandre Guiffaro

He was among the twenty-eight prisoners who escaped from the Belize Central Prison in October of 2020, and was one of the first five to be apprehended near mile twenty-five along the George Price Highway. And, on Wednesday, Deandre Guiffaro received a sentence of fifteen years imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to the charge of manslaughter. The deceased, Mexican National, Gabriel Guzman Cruz was stabbed to death on the afternoon of January seventh, 2020 in Seine Bight Village, Stann Creek. Cruz returned to a house he was looking after to find two intruders inside. One escaped and Guiffaro admitted in a caution statement to wrestling with him and then stabbing him multiple times. In the caution statement, Guiffaro said that he panicked and expressed remorse for killing Cruz; hence, the charge was downgraded from that of murder to manslaughter. Neighbours saw smoke coming from the house and heard Cruz yelling for help and found him severely wounded. When the police apprehended Guiffaro later that evening, they found a number of items that had been stolen from the house. Justice Antoinette Moore, who presided over the case, sentenced Guiffaro to fifteen years imprisonment, and ruled that the one year and six months that he had spent waiting for trail be deducted. This leaves Guiffaro with thirteen years and six months to serve for the crime. His defense attorney was Norman Rodriguez, while Senior Crown Counsel, Javier Chan prosecuted the case.

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