Thursday, September 16, 2010


Judge Zloch sentenced a former Guatemalan soldier, Gilberto Jordan, to the maximum 10 years today lying on citizenship forms about his military service and role in the killings. It was a hefty upward variance. From Curt Anderson's report:

Jordan could have received just six months behind bars under sentencing guidelines. But prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge William Zloch to impose the maximum possible, a 10-year sentence.

They said Jordan admitted to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents that he participated in the December 1982 massacre in the Guatemalan village of Dos Erres, including personally throwing an infant down a well.

Investigators say at least 162 people died, many hit with sledgehammers or shot.

"Mr. Jordan admitted to killing a baby. He then participated in the killings of countless other men, women and children," said Hillary Davidson, a U.S. Justice Department senior trial attorney. "He never should have been allowed to live here peacefully for many years."

Zloch was just as harsh, saying Jordan tried to hide "his background as a mass murderer." Referring to the 10-year sentence, the judge said: "Anything less would be totally inadequate as just punishment for this crime and its accompanying heinous acts."


Anonymous said...

who is the lawyer who represented him? he pled guilty, and not only received no benefit, but hold the record for getting maxed?

such ineffective representation. just try the case.

earn the 10 years.

i have no criticism of zloch. bu the "defense" lawyer who did this should be hanged

Rumpole said...

Did you mean to write "Zloched"? if so, you should have written "Judge Zloched a former Guatemalan Solider..."

Anonymous said...

So he gets sentenced for a crime that he was not prosecuted for....seems fair.

David Oscar Markus said...

Whoops. I fixed it.

Anonymous said...

Judge Zloch tricked the defense attorney into turning in his law license along with his client.

Paladin51 said...

What a crock of horse poo. I have absolutely no sympathy for the defendant, but I don't think anyone should be punished for a crime they were not on trial for and had not been found guilty of by a jury. The crime he plead to was woth 6 months. That's what he should have gotten along with deportation.