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Orlando Sierra Hernández
January 30, 2002

Case: Orlando Sierra Hernández

Managing editor of the newspaper La Patria in Manizales, Caldas.



Circumstances:   (+)

Attacked on January 30, 2002, he died on February 1

In front of his daughter outside the newspaper offices a hit man shot him three times in the head, causing brain injury. He was in a coma for 48 hours. The hit man was caught on a security camera at the scene.

Sentences:   (+)

2002:
On May 8, 2002 Luis Fernando Soto Zapata was sentenced to 19 years and 6 months in prison as a perpetrator.

2005:
On May 16, 2005 Luis Tabares Hernández, a.k.a. Francisco Antonio Quintero (alias Tilín) and Luis Arley Ortiz Orozco (alias Pereque), were sentenced to 28 years in prison as co-perpetrators, said to have hired the hit man who killed Sierra.

Sentences reversed and acquittals:   (+)


Prisoners sentenced:   (+)

Luis Tabares Hernández and Luis Arley Ortiz Orozco.

Released / Sentence commuted:   (+)

Luis Fernando Soto Zapata was released from prison on September 30, 2007 after serving five years of his sentence. He had received successive sentence reductions and other legal benefits.

Jailed awaiting trial:   (+)


Suspects not charged:   (+)


Fugitives:   (+)


Notes:   (+)

Ferney Tabasco, former Caldas congressman and politician, was called in October 2006 to give testimony in the case, but was never formally linked to the murder.


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