November 28, 2004
Case: Gregorio Rodríguez Hernández
Photographer for the newspaper El Debate in Mazatlán.
A number of unidentified persons arrived at a small restaurant and one of them fired at point-blank range at his head and neck. At the time he was dining with his two small children.
On March 31, 2008 Judge Daniel Armenta Rentaría sentenced the former chief of Public Security in Escuinapa, Abel Enríquez Zavala, to 11 years and five months in prison on a charge of complicity in homicide.
That same day also sentenced, to 11 years, 11 months and 18 days’ imprisonment, were Pedro Salas Franco “El Cabezón” (Bighead), Francisco Pineda Sarmiento “El Gordo” (Fatty) and Elías Álvarez González, also known as Benjamín Contreras Hernández, “El Benja” (Benjie), on a charge of homicide. They have filed notice of appeal of sentence.
Sentences reversed and acquittals: (+)
On December 20, 2006 acquitted were brothers Ulises and Abraham Ernesto Cedano, said to be the perpetrator and accomplice, respectively.
Abel Enríquez Zavala, Pedro Salas Franco, Francisco Pineda Sarmiento and Elías Álvarez González
Released / Sentence commuted: (+)
Jailed awaiting trial: (+)
Suspects not charged: (+)
Antonio Frausto Ocampo, alleged drug baron in Esquipulas, was said to be the instigator of the murder.
In early April 2008 the journalist’s widow, María Teresa González Mallorquín, filed notice of appeal on the grounds that the sentences were too light and a mockery for the family.