Seven sen­tenced for fa­tal casino fire

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT -

A Mex­i­can government of­fi­cial said Fri­day seven men were sen­tenced to long prison terms for their roles in a north­ern Mex­ico casino fire that killed 52 peo­ple last year. A judge in Nuevo Leon state sen­tenced six men to 75 years in prison and a sev­enth to 100 years. Seven oth­ers are await­ing trial. Gun­men en­tered the Casino Royale in Mon­ter­rey, spread gaso­line and set the build­ing on fire. Most of the vic­tims were women play­ing bingo and slot machines or hav­ing lunch. Of­fi­cials have said the owner re­ceived ex­tor­tion threats from the Zetas car­tel and didn’t pay.

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