The sentence to Marlon Martinez was ratified to 30 years and reduced to 2 years in prison by Marlin, by the court of appeal of the judicial district Duarte.
Marlon Martínez was sentenced on November 7, 2018 to 30 years in prison, the maximum penalty for the crime of murder in the Dominican Republic. His mother was sentenced to 5 years in prison for hiding the body.
Marlon was sentenced to pay 10 million pesos as compensation to the Peguero Polanco family.
The teenager Emely Peguero was found dead in a suitcase on August 31, 2017. Her disappearance and subsequent crime caused a deep consternation in Dominican society.
The decision was taken unanimously by the criminal chamber of the appeal court of the Duarte province.
Peguero had a relationship of courtship with Marlon Martinez. At the time of her death she was pregnant.
The thesis that the Public Prosecutor and the complainant point out is that the minor was murdered because Marlin Martínez did not approve of that sentimental relationship.
The defense of the accused has indicated that it was an abortion attempt that went wrong, which caused the death of the child.