Kinzel's Murderer Gets Five Years
On the news this morning it was reported that Kiutza Hildago was sentenced to five years in jail for the murder of Ken Kinzel in Estelí earlier this year. (See previous discussion.) This is the maximum sentence for a minor and she was 17 when she committed the crime.
While the coverage of the basics was brief (this was on Radio ABC, the most popular station in this area) there was a lengthy discussion about dealing with her jail time. While she is now 18, because she was 17 when she committed the crime, she should be serving her jail time in a facility for minors. But, they went on to say there aren't any.
That confused me but I forgot that this is, in US/Canadian terms, a state or provincial crime, not a federal crime. Thus, she would be serving her sentence in a jail within the department of Estelí. There is a reform school near Condega but no other facility for minors. So, she will be serving her sentence in the prison in Estelí.
As much as we would all like to say "it's over", I have a bad feeling it isn't. That is, I think she/her family will continue to "stir the pot" over this "no prison for minors" issue. Why do I say this? Because of the very detailed discussion on the news. Let's hope that I am wrong.