5th Accomplice Jailed for Murder of Brazil Nun

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, MAY 3, 2010 (Zenit.org).- A second Brazilian rancher was sentenced to 30 years for collaboration in orchestrating the 2005 murder of a U.S. nun working in Brazil.

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Regivaldo Galvao was sentenced Saturday, two weeks after his accomplice, Vitalmiro Moura, received the same sentence. The two collaborated in ordering and paying for the killing of Ohio-native Sister Dorothy Stang, who worked to defend the Amazon from wealthy ranchers and to protect the rights of the poor.

The trials have been hailed as a success for Brazil in tackling the lawlessness of the Amazon jungle. Though as many as 1,500 people have reportedly been killed over the last 25 years in land disputes, Moura and Galvao are the only masterminds of the murders behind bars.

Three other men are jailed for the murder of Sister Dorothy: the one who acted as the middleman between the ranchers and the assassins, the man who actually killed her, and his accomplice.

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