4 men sentenced to 240 years in Juarez massacre

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Posted: Jul 12, 2011 12:01 AM
4 men sentenced to 240 years in Juarez massacre

Mexican judges have sentenced four men to 240 years in prison each for killing 15 people in a birthday party attack that provoked a national outcry.

Three other men remain at large, and another man has appealed for legal protection claiming the army forced a confession by torturing him.

The men serving the sentence_ Juan Alfredo Soto, Aldo Fabio Hernandez, Jose Dolores Arroyo and Heriberto Martinez_ had been convicted of killing the victims of what became known as the Villa Salvarcar massacre at an oral trial Thursday.

Most of the victims were teenagers at a birthday party in a working-class neighborhood of Ciudad Juarez, a city across the border from El Paso, Texas. At least eight others were wounded in the Jan. 30, 2010 attack.