BALTIMORE, Md. - A man who prosecutors said slashed the throats of and murdered his three young cousins was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty in Baltimore City Circuit Court.
Adan Espinoza Canela pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder in connection to the May 27, 2004 murders of his cousins, an 8-year-old girl, her 9-year-old brother and their 10-year-old cousin, who were found in an apartment in the 700 block of Park Heights Avenue in Northwest Baltimore. They had all been beaten and had their throats slashed.
Canela, the children’s cousin, and Policarpio Espinoza Perez, the uncle of the sister and brother, were charged with the children’s murder.
In 2005, Canela and Perez were prosecuted but their case ended in a mistrial. A year later, they were tried again, convicted and sentenced to life in prison. However, in 2011, the convictions were overturned on appeal. In March 2013, a Baltimore City jury convicted Perez and he was again sentenced to life.
This case is one of the most horrifying that our City has seen," Baltimore City State's Attorney Gregg Bernstein said. "This result brings some measure of closure to this terrible tragedy, and I commend everyone associated with the case for their perseverance in achieving justice for the victims."
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