The Chilean justice system sentenced Clara Elena González Figueroa (39 years old) and Rolando Ricardo Villagrán Retamal (59 years old) to 18 years in prison, found guilty of the brutal murder of a young Cuban dentist Reinier Sánchez Gonzálezin 2021.
The resolution of the Oral Criminal Trial Court of Chillán, composed of judges Ricardo Piña Vallejos (president), Rosa Caballero Burgos and María Paz González (editor), was issued on October 19 after both confirmed that the crimes had occurred as the guilty participation of the accused in the crime, quoted by the local press.
However, the conviction was criticized after the Prosecutor’s Office requested a life sentence and presented more than 50 witnesses against Retamal Villagrán and González Figueroa.
Some Chileans consider the court’s decision “a bargain” for a crime of such magnitude. They affirm that the “main person responsible for the public security crisis in Chile is the Chilean Judiciary.”
The crime occurred on July 4, 2021, when Rolando Retamal and Clara González “hit the victim in different parts of the body and continued to strangle him, compressing his cervical area until he died.”
The analysis of the positioning of the cell phones of the victim and the accused revealed a joint transfer within approximately 12 hours from Lampa, in the Metropolitan Region, to Ñuble, where they threw the body parts into the river.
The court reported that parts of the lifeless body of Reinier Sánchez were found on August 3, 2021 on the banks of the Perquilauquén River, in the city of Ñiquén (Punilla province, Ñuble region in central Chile ), of a teenager who found two plastic bags. containing dismembered corpses.
The cause of his death was determined to be asphyxiation due to strangulation caused by third parties, which constitutes a crime of qualified murder, the report said.
The young man, 32 years old, lives in Chile since 2016 and works until April 2021 in a dental clinic in Lampa owned by the accused couple.
His killers were arrested in September 10, 2021and found out later that to eliminate suspicions after the crime, they kept the dentist’s phone active and even sent messages from his WhatsApp account to shut people up.
The opinion was released on October 19, before the sentence was announced, and indicated that “the same evidence is sufficient to establish a series of indicators that allow us to accuse, not only guilty of participating in accused in the death of the victim, but also premeditation” in the case.
Expert evidence of geolocation, data traffic analysis, calls and documentary evidence show that the accused, in coordination with your husbandrecovered elements used for cutting and subsequent concealment of the victim’s body, which were found at the scene.
“Using the same expertise, it was possible to establish the location of the cell phones of the victim and the accused in a joint trip from the city of Lampa in the south of the country to the vicinity of the Perquilauquén River and back to Lampa. in the same trip. night,” the report explained.
“The victim’s phone remained connected intermittently to the antenna corresponding to the accused, sending WhatsApp messages to his family in Cuba that turned out to be false,” he explained.
“In addition, the presence of the victim’s blood was established in the Hyundai Tucson car of the accused González, the same car used by the accused in the aforementioned trip to the south and then washed in an attempt to hide the evidence, without success. ” , detailed the condemning opinion.
Since this brutal murder, which has shocked the Latino community in Chile, a woman close to the victim has reported on several occasions that Foreigners in that country do not have the same chance of justice than the nationals, because almost two years have passed since the crime and the sentence has not yet been handed down.