Security guard who killed U.S. teen gets 15-year prison sentence
A trial court ordered the hotel La Cangreja, in the Northern Zone of Costa Rica, and a security guard to pay compensation of almost $650,000 to the family of 16-year-old U.S. tourist Justin Johnston. The hotel security guard, Jorge Guevara, shot and killed Johnston after mistaking him for an intruder in June 2011.
The San Carlos trial court, also handed down a 15-year prison sentence to Guevara.
Johnston, a native of Kansas City, was on a school trip in the San Carlos region. He stayed with several other McLouth High School students in the La Cangreja hotel.
On the morning of June 2, 2011, Johnston and another student left the hotel late at night and returned after curfew. When they returned, the pair passed close to an adjoining property with a barbed-wire fence to avoid being noticed, according to the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ).
Police said the guard fired a warning shot into the air, frightening the teenagers, who began running towards the hotel. The guard fired in the direction of the students and fatally wounded Johnston.
The bullet lacerated Johnston’s heart, causing almost instant death. According to police, Guevara’s gun was unregistered.
During the trial, the guard claimed that his intention was not to kill the teenager, but to send another warning shot because he thought the kids were thieves.
Johnston’s parents and four younger siblings will receive the compensation ordered by the court.
The defendants can appeal the court’s verdict.
You may be interested
Migration from Central America to the US drops by 75%AFP and The Tico Times - February 20, 2020
Migration from the countries of northern Central America to the United States has been reduced by more than 75% since…
With Ukraine’s support, Costa Rica evacuates citizens from Wuhan, ChinaAlejandro Zúñiga - February 20, 2020
The Foreign Ministry of Costa Rica on Wednesday initiated the evacuation of two Ticos who were residing in Wuhan, China,…
Saprissa rescues agonized draw against Montreal Impact in Champions LeagueAFP and The Tico Times - February 20, 2020
Deportivo Saprissa rescued in the last breath a 2-2 draw against the Montreal Impact in the first leg of the…