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Four Involved in the Murder of Miss Honduras World and Sister Sent to Prison

TEGUCIGALPA – Four people involved in the murder of Miss Honduras World Maria Jose Alvarado and her sister Sofia Trinidad, whose remains were buried on Thursday, have been sent to prison by a court order, a judicial source said.

The accused, among them Sofia Trinidad’s boyfriend, Plutarco Ruiz, will be subject to judicial detention for femicide and complicity in the crime to the detriment of the Alvarado sisters, the prosecution director, Rosalba Reyes in Santa Barbara told reporters.

Ruiz, who arrived in court in Santa Barbara under heavy security, was designated as the “author” of the double crime before being sent to prison, Reyes said.

According to Reyes, Ruiz could get a sentence of up to 80 years in prison for the murder charge.

The Alvarado sisters disappeared on Nov. 13 in the town of Santa Barbara, where Maria Jose traveled from Tegucigalpa to attend Ruiz’s birthday party, who was arrested Tuesday together with his friend Aris Maldonado Mejia.

Mejia, Ventura Diaz and his wife, Elizabeth Alvarado, the latter two being arrested Wednesday, were also charged with complicity in the crime of femicide to the detriment of two young women, added Reyes.

Diaz and his wife are owners of a business in Santa Barbara where the two young women attended Ruiz’s party and where they were apparently killed, according to reports from local authorities.

She added that on Tuesday an initial hearing will be held in which a Santa Barbara judge will decide whether the arrested will be prosecuted for the crimes charged.

The corpses of the Alvarado sisters were found Wednesday in the village Cablotales, and were buried Thursday by family and friends, who condemned the killing and demanded justice.

Reyes also indicated that two other persons are being investigated, including a juvenile offender, without giving their names or details of their arrest.

Earlier, the Honduran Security Minister, Arturo Corrales, said that a fifth unidentified person has been arrested, who helped in transporting the girls to the place where they were half buried.

The crime against the beauty queen and her sister has shocked the Hondurans, who are now demanding a cessation of violence in a country, where around fourteen people are killed every day.

The slain Miss Honduras was expected to participate in the Miss World pageant to be held in December in London.

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