Freddy Blanco receives major deduction on manslaughter case Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 June 2017 00:00

On June 23, 2017, a young man from August Pine Ridge who pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter before Justice Herbert Lord was initially sentenced to 17 years in prison. At mitigation, he received a deduction and was finally sentenced to 9 years and 3 months for the murder.

That man is Freddy Amir Blanco who committed the crime on September 20, 2011, while he was still a minor. Blanco murdered his married lover when they got into an argument over smoking marijuana. Allegations are that the victim, Nelsi Chuc, was socializing in a cane filed along with Blanco and another person when an argument erupted over the fonto (tobacco used for rolling weed). Blanco left the scene angrily and returned with a shotgun. The gun was placed at Chuc’s neck where Blanco fired one fatal shot. Chuc’s friend took refuge in the cane field after Blanco also attempted to shoot her. Blanco soon ran off and hid. Later that same day, he handed himself over to the police and cooperated with them by taking them to where he had hid the shotgun.

On September 22, 2011, Blanco was arraigned for Chuc’s murder. Fast forward to almost 6 years later, Blanco changed his not guilty plea to guilty before the Justice. On Blanco’s behalf, attorney Oscar Selgado pleaded for leniency given that his client has since enrolled into a number of rehabilitation programs and has not been in any run ins with the law. Justice Lord complied and Blanco was sentenced to serve 9 years and 3 months. Attorney Selgado was still not satisfied with the deduction and has indicated that he will appeal the sentence.