Man Sentenced For Killing Colombian Priests

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- A Colombian judge has sentenced a man to more than 40 years in prison for murdering two Roman Catholic priests who allegedly paid him to end their lives.

Gilberto Penate had confessed to fatally shooting Fathers Rafael Reatiga and Richard Piffano in early 2011 and making it appear like a robbery. Prosecutors say Reatiga was suffering from AIDS and syphilis and prosecutors determined that the priests had paid Penate and another gunman $8,400 to kill them.

Penate said when he met with Reatiga to discuss arrangements for the killings, the priest was in distress. Prosecutors said Reatiga had been seen in gay bars.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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