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Belmopan killer sentenced to 16 years Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00

22-year-old Josue Ortiz has been sentenced to 16 years in prison following the killing of 27-year-old Regina Williams on July 26, 2016. Ortiz was sentenced after he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter before Justice Antonette Moore in the Belmopan Supreme Court on March 26th of this year. Ortiz had originally pleaded not guilty to murder but on his appearance in court and after a plea bargain with the DPP’s crown counsel, Javier Chan, he pled down to manslaughter.

On July 26, 2016, Ortiz and Regina Williams, 27, had left La Cabana Bar in Belmopan in a taxi in the company of other persons to go to San Ignacio sometime around 1:30 on that morning. Upon reaching the first speed bump in Roaring Creek, Regina had a change of mind and decided not to go and she and Ortiz exited the vehicle and began to walk back towards Belmopan. They were soon picked up by a vehicle going in the direction of Belmopan and they were dropped off in front of Williams’ home at # 2 Zultana Street in Las Flores Area of Belmopan. Once there, the two got into an argument during which Ortiz hit Williams several times to the head with a rock killing her on the spot.

She was found on the following day a few feet in her yard with her pants and underwear pulled down to her knees. At the time, Ortiz told the police that he had wanted to have sex with her but she refused during, which time she fell and hit her head on a rock. He also said that he picked up a rock and hit her to the head.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2019 09:35