A U.S. judge has sentenced a member of Colombian guerrilla group the FARC to 27 years in prison on hostage-taking charges.
Three American defense contractors were abducted in 2003 following their plane crashing in southern Colombia.
Contractors Marc Gonsalves, Thomas Howes and Keith Stansell were rescued after being held by the FARC in Colombia’s jungle for more than five years.
Diego Navarrete pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Washington following his extradition from Colombia last year. Two other members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia had already been convicted in the same case.
Navarrete was the armed jailer watching over the three men during much of their captivity.
The former hostages said he mainly used them to get cigarettes and punished the men by choking them with chains if they had none to give.
“You were cocky in the jungle, and you were nasty,” said Stansell at the sentencing, pointing at Navarrete Beltran. “Even your fellow guards didn’t really like you.”
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