The decision not to continue appealing and to comply with the sentence imposed by the Court of the Jury, confirmed last month by the Civil and Criminal Chamber of the Superior Court of Justice of C. Valenciana (TSJCV), does not convert the sentence to 22 years in prison as a co-author of the murder of her husband in firm, but it comes very close.
From here, you can almost only run out of prison time with an eye toward future prison permits, which are still at least two years away from obtaining., since the law stipulates that the inmate can request them once a quarter of the sentence has been served – in his case, five and a half years, of which he has already been satisfied for three and a half. In addition, they must have been progressed to at least second grade in the prison classification and have demonstrated good behavior. Even so, ordinary permits are almost never granted until half of the sentence imposed has been served.
Given the legal quality of the sentence imposed by the magistrate who presided over the Jury Court, José María Gómez Villora, and his profuse substantiation of the object of the guilty verdict of the nine members of the people’s court, it was already difficult for the Supreme Court to revoke that sentence , even partially.
But now, after the ruling of the Supreme Court – whose rapporteur was Judge José Francisco Ceres -, where the previous ruling is confirmed point by point and each and every one of the proposals of the lawyers who exercised the code-defense of Moreno Cantó is rejected – public defender Alicia Andújar and the individual Javier Boix—, raising a new appeal, now in cassation, to the Supreme Court has even less signs of success and would further increase the high costs that this procedure has already entailed for the convicted woman’s family.
Furthermore, when Boix intervenes as a private lawyer, he is not obliged to exhaust the criminal proceedings to its last consequences, unless his client has requested it, assuming the financial extra cost of submitting an appeal to the High Court.
Save if he turns to the Supreme
However, his ex-lover, Salvador Rodrigo Lapiedra, Salva, has asked his lawyer, Julita Martínez, to appeal in cassation to the Supreme Court to try to achieve some of the reductions that the TSJ has already rejected. In this case, the lawyer is ex officio and has been assisting him since the day of his arrest, on January 10, 2018, so he does have the obligation to continue ascending in criminal proceedings, which would be exhausted in the High Court. Thus, the sentence issued by the Second Chamber of the Supreme Court responding to its appeal, which has already been presented and accepted by the Supreme Court since June 11, will give firmness to the case. For both parties, even if only one of them has appealed.
Salva, self-confessed material of the murder of Antonio Navarro, was sentenced in the same sentence as Maje to 17 years. The magistrate reduced him one year from the 18 that the Public Prosecutor’s Office, represented by Vicente Devesa, was asking him to do, by contemplating a simple defense of collaboration with the Justice, as the jury considered proven in its verdict.
However, the defense of Rodrigo Lapiedra, who at the end of the trial modified its conclusions and went from requesting acquittal to requesting a sentence of seven and a half years in prison, appealed to the Supreme Court to try to reduce the 17 years seeking to be three extenuating circumstances apply: collaboration with Justice, late confession – he admitted the authorship from the moment he was arrested – and reparation of the damage. But the magistrate Juan Francisco Ceres explained to the lawyer in his ruling that this was not possible due to the same arguments that Gómez Villora had already given him in the November sentence.
As INFORMATION has been reporting since the beginning, Maje and Salva were arrested after five months of investigation by the Homicide group of the National Police of Valencia, after finding evidence against both that they had planned and agreed together the murder of the husband of her.
Both were sent by the investigating judge to jail on January 12, 2018, where they continue. The two were tried by a popular court in the second half of last October, and convicted in the first instance on November 16, 2020, a sentence that the Supreme Court confirmed on May 25.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.