Relatives embrace former military officer Reyes Collin Gualip, partially covered, after he was sentenced at the end of a trial in Guatemala City, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. (Rodrigo Abd/AP)A Guatemalan court on Wednesday sentenced four former Guatemalan army officers to 12,060-year prison sentences each for their role in the 1982 massacre of 201 people in the village of Dos Erres, during the country's long-running civil war.
"This court unanimously declared the accused as perpetrators of murder," the court said in its decision, according to a report in Agence France Press. "For this crime, a sentence of 30 years in prison for each victim comes to a total of 6,030 years."
On top of that sentence, the former officers each were sentenced to another 6,030 years in prison each for "crimes against humanity," meted out on the same 30-years-per-victim calculus.
In its sentencing pronouncement, the court said the convicts had "erased from the map" the village of Dos Erres, killing women, pregnant women, children and the elderly.
The four convicted men are Antonio Carlos Carias, Manuel Pop, Reyes Collin and Daniel Martinez. Guatemala has said it will hold a separate trial for Pedro Pimentel--another alleged member of their unit who was deported from the United States last month to face criminal charges in his home country.Read More »from Guatemala sentences ex-soldiers to 12,060 years in jail for 1982 massacre