Nicaraguan man sentenced to 183 years in prison for killing US-Costa Rican family 

July 6, 2016
3 Comments

A Nicaraguan court sentenced Adrián Salmerón to 183 years in prison Wednesday for the killing of a U.S. expat, his Costa Rican wife and three of their children in Guanacaste in February.

Salmerón was purportedly the boyfriend of Jessica Durán, 38, of Costa Rica. Durán was killed along with her husband, Dirk Beauchamp, 56, who was a U.S. citizen, and three of their children, ages 12, 8 and 6, on Valentine’s Day in their home in Matapalo, Guanacaste. Two girls, ages 4 and 7 months, survived the gruesome attack.

Following the crime, Salmerón fled to his native Nicaragua. Local police arrested him at a family member’s home on Feb. 19. He faced trial in Nicaragua based on evidence collected in Costa Rica and sent to prosecutors there.

Though Salmerón was sentenced to 183 years for the murders and for raping the 12-year-old, Nicaragua’s maximum prison sentence is 30 years.

The prosecution was a rare example of successful cooperation between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, which have been embroiled in a series of diplomatic disputes ranging from Cuban migrants to territorial claims.

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Alajuelense eliminated in the Costa Rican Clausura
Soccer
3 views
Soccer
3 views

Alajuelense eliminated in the Costa Rican Clausura

AFP and The Tico Times - April 21, 2019

Liga Deportiva Alajuelense tied 2-2 against the reigning champion, Club Sport Herediano, and was eliminated from the semifinals of the…

Costa Rica bets on ending fossil fuel use by 2050
Climate Change
27 views
Climate Change
27 views

Costa Rica bets on ending fossil fuel use by 2050

Marco Sibaja / AFP - April 21, 2019

Eric Orlich and his wife Gioconda Rojas own two electric vehicles, which they charge at home in the garage thanks…

Pic of the Day: Costa Rica’s Isla Nublar (aka Cocos Island)
Pic of the Day
96 views
Pic of the Day
96 views

Pic of the Day: Costa Rica’s Isla Nublar (aka Cocos Island)

Alejandro Zúñiga - April 18, 2019

Isla Nublar, the setting for much of the "Jurassic Park" series, is unfortunately not a real Costa Rican island. Cocos…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!