Bruce Beresford-Redman, former “Survivor” producer, was convicted Thursday in the 2010 death of his wife, and was sentenced to 12 years in a Mexican prison. However, the exact charges on which the 43-year-old was convicted remain unclear.
Beresford-Redman was found guilty of killing his wife, Monica Burgos Beresford-Redman, during a vacation in Cancun. In April 2010, Monica’s body was reportedly found in a sewer at a hotel in the resort town -- where the couple had been living with their two children -- two days after her husband lodged a missing complaint with the local police. He became a suspect in the case after hotel guests reported hearing screams, and investigators found blood in the couple’s room. An autopsy revealed that Monica had been strangled.
Beresford-Redman had been asked to remain in Mexico, but he returned to Los Angeles, where he surrendered after an arrest warrant was issued in Mexico. In February 2012, he was extradited to Mexico, where a judge ordered him to remain in custody until his trial.
“Not a day goes by that we don't miss her terribly and nothing will bring her back, but we can finally say that she has received the justice she deserved,” a statement from an attorney representing Monica’s family read, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Beresford-Redman’s attorney Jaime Cancino reportedly said that the family, which maintains his innocence, plans to appeal the verdict.
"We are appalled and disgusted with this gross miscarriage of justice. Over an exhausting three and a half year period this trial has done nothing but prove Bruce’s innocence beyond any doubt,” Beresford-Redman’s family said, in a statement on Facebook. “Whatever lies behind this ruling it is based on neither facts nor evidence. This is a disservice to Monica’s memory; this is not the justice she and Bruce still deserve and that we continue to demand.”