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A Guatemalan court convicted and sentenced four former soldiers Tuesday to more than 6,000 years each in prison for their role in a massacre of 250 people during the country’s civil war, state media reported.

The trial was one of Guatemala’s first against dictatorship-era ex-soldiers. The state-run AGN news agency described the ruling as an “historic sentence.” Family members and activists hailed the news, and said they hoped it would set a precedent for future legal action.

“This sentence we heard today is only the beginning,” said Aura Elena Farfan, director of the Association for Relatives of the Detained-Disappeared.

The four soldiers on trial — Carlos Antonio Carias Lopez, Reyes Collin Guali, Daniel Martinez Mendez and Manuel Pop Sun — pleaded not guilty. They were convicted of crimes against humanity for their role in 201 of the killings that occurred during the 1982 massacre at the village of Dos Erres, located in the northern Guatemalan province of Peten.

Source: CNN

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