Brazilian killer of American-born nun gains early release from prison
Catholic World News - July 05, 2013
The Brazilian gunman who was convicted for the 2005 murder of an American nun has been released from prison after serving less than one-third of his sentence.
Rayfran das Neves Sales was sentenced to a 28-year term after confessing to the murder of Sister Dorothy Stang. Prison officials in the state of Para said that he had been released, apparently parole, after satisfying officials that he had been rehabilitated.
The murder of Sister Stang was allegedly ordered by a wealthy rancher, Vitalmiro Moura, who had clashed with the American nun over her defense of the land rights of indigenous tribes. Moura has been twice convicted of ordering the killing, but each time he won an opportunity for a new trial. He is currently free, awaiting his 3rd trial for the murder.
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