Chile: 4 Sentenced in Brutal Murder of Gay Man
Chilean judges on Monday sentenced a man to life in prison for the beating death of a gay man whose body was carved with swastikas, and gave lesser sentences to three others.
The four men were convicted earlier this month of first-degree murder in the attack on Daniel Zamudio. They burned him with cigarettes, beat him with glass bottles and broke his right leg with a heavy rock before abandoning him in a park in the capital of Santiago on March 3, 2012.
The killing prompted Chile’s Congress to pass an anti-discrimination law.
The three-judge panel gave Patricio Ahumada Garay a life sentence. Alejandro Angulo Tapia and Raul Lopez Fuentes were sentenced to 15-year terms and Fabian Mora Mora got seven years.
Zamudio’s family and friends applauded as the sentences were read out. Ahumada, the group’s ringleader, glared at the victim’s family defiantly and lashed out at the judges, accusing them of sending an innocent man to prison, before he was escorted out by police.
But Rolando Jimenez, president of the Gay Liberation and Integration Movement, was not totally happy with the outcome.