Cuban-American businessman Manuel Marin, 69, was sentenced to life in prison in 2011 for his role in the murder of a colleague. The defendant was found guilty in March of charges of involuntary manslaughter, kidnapping and conspiracy to abduct, and now receives his sentence.
During the sentencing hearing this Monday, Judge Miguel M. de la O ordered a life sentence for kidnapping; As well as 30 years for involuntary manslaughter and 15 years for conspiracy to commit kidnapping, Telemundo 51 reported.
The investigation into the case indicated that Marin planned to murder another South Florida businessman named Camilo Salazar, who had a romantic relationship with his wife.
The crime, which took place in June 2011 and also involved former Cuban MMA fighters Alexis Villa Perdomo and Ariel Gandulla, was coordinated by Roberto Isaac, a member of the Latin Kings, a street gang operating in the United States and other countries.
Villa Perdomo, the Olympic medalist, and Roberto Isaac were sentenced to 15 years in prison and life imprisonment, respectively. Ariel Gandulla pleaded guilty to kidnapping and was sentenced to three years in prison in 2019.
The body of Camilo Salazar, 43 at the time, was found in the Everglades. Forensic examination revealed that she was tied up, beaten and tortured.
At the latest hearing, Dr. Emma Lew, the coroner in charge of the victim’s autopsy, presented photographs of the bruised and partially burned body. The expert reported that Salazar suffered two cuts to the front of the neck, a broken bone and burns to the genital area.
During the trial, Marin’s attorneys did not present witnesses and she refused to testify. One of the defense attorneys, José M. Quiñones, argued that his client was troubled because Salazar was having an affair with his ex-wife, but he always maintained his innocence, despite the fact that the main evidence against him was cellulitis. Phone records included. and bank transfers from the respondent.
After the murder, Marin fled the country and was captured in Spain in 2018. Thereafter, legal proceedings were taken for his extradition to the US, where he eventually faced justice and was sentenced.
The indicted man’s son, identified as Yadiel Marin, was arrested in Miami-Dade County on charges of helping his father financially while he was in hiding in Europe.