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12-years for rape and murder of US tourist

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The Public Prosecutor’s Office in Bocas del Toro is appealing the 12-year sentence handed down to the 18-year  who raped and killed American tourist Catherine Medalia Johannet.

The appeal will  be presented to the Superior Court for Children and Adolescents by Julio Campines, Prosecutor of Family, Minors, and Adolescents in  Bocas del Toro,  who said that the person responsible was 17 years old at the time and he was tried under the criminal jurisdiction of adolescents, the crimes of homicide, robbery, and rape.

Through the appeal, it is expected that the Criminal Judge for Adolescents consider imposing a different prison sentence, since three serious crimes t were committed by the convicted person, said the Prosecutor.

The victim, a 25-year-old backpacker was found dead on February 5, 2017, in the village of Bastimento, on Isla Colón, at the intersection between the communities of Wizard and Red Frog.

 

http://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/12-years-for-rape-and-murder-of-us-tourist

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After 12 years in prison he will still be a fairly young adult and with all the professional criminal savvy learned from the hardened criminals he' s been in jail with.    Boggles my mind.

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A while back a Panamanian lady got caught with drugs and she got 20 years. 12 years for murder? Makes no sense.

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The Prosecution was asking for the maximum sentence and filed an immediate appeal.

Technically the killer was a juvenile at the time but he committed the most serious of adult crimes.

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On 7/8/2018 at 10:27 AM, TwoSailors said:

A while back a Panamanian lady got caught with drugs and she got 20 years. 12 years for murder? Makes no sense.

In what would seem to be more appropriate sentencing, these two mutts from the Dominican Republic got 50 years each today for the 2011 kidnapping and murder of 5 Chinese kids. If they ever get out of La Joya, they'll likely be deported.

One of the convicts, Ventura Caballos has already escaped there once. I think it's unfortunate that the Supreme Court recently voted to close the prison on Isla Coco, Panama's Alcatraz.

http://www.panamatoday.com/panama/punta-coco-panamanian-alcatraz-penitentiary-1703

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http://laestrella.com.pa/panama/nacional/condenan-50-anos-asesinos-cinco-jovenes-chorreranos/24072228

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After 12 years in prison he will still be a fairly young adult and with all the professional criminal savvy learned from the hardened criminals he' s been in jail with.    Boggles my mind.

The Public Ministry has successfully appealed the sentence of the minor responsible for the murder of this young woman. His sentence has been doubled from 12 to 24 years.

https://www.prensa.com/provincias/Duplican-asesino-estadounidense-Bocas-Toro_0_5117488209.html

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But the good news is this guy will be out of our area for the 24 years that he’s in jail.

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Jail sentence  doubled for American tourist murder and rape

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The  12-year  jail term imposed on an 18-year-old Panamanian for the murder and rape of a  young American woman in Bocas del Toro has been doubled said a Public Ministry (MP) announcement on Friday, September 7.

The body of  Catherine Medalia Johannet,  25 was found on February 5, 2017, at the crossroads between the community of Wizard and Red Frog, township of Bastimentos, in Isla Colón,

The prosecutor appealed the original sentence before the Superior Court for Children and Adolescence, taking into account the seriousness of the imputed crimes: homicide, robbery, and rape. and the killer will now spend 24 years in jail.

Panamanian authorities offered a reward of $50,000  for the person providing details leading to the capture of the killer, who was captured in October 2017.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/jail-sentence-doubled-in-american-tourist-murder

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