Long sentences handed down in Miss Venezuela slaying trial
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Long sentences handed down in Miss Venezuela slaying trial

Three men who confessed to killing a former Miss Venezuela and her ex-husband in a crime that shocked a nation increasingly accustomed to violence have each been sentenced to more than 20 years in jail.

The sentences were handed down Tuesday by a court in Valencia, near where Mónica Spear and ex-husband Thomas Henry Berry were slain in January when they resisted a robbery attempt while they were stranded on a lonely stretch of highway. Five more defendants remain on trial, Venezuela’s Supreme Court said.

Venezuela has one of the world’s highest homicide rates, and President Nicolas Maduro has said combating violent crime is one of his top priorities.

Spear was a 2004 Miss Venezuela and popular soap opera actress.

Associated Press