Mexico Border Slayings

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A bus driver has been convicted in some of the decade-long series of women's murders in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

A judge found a bus driver guilty of eight slayings.

Victor Garcia Uribe, alias "El Cerillo" - was sentenced to 50 years in prison on each of the counts -- the maximum under Mexican law.

The case involves the 2001 deaths of eight women whose bodies were found dumped in a vacant lot in Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas.

Sentences in Mexico are served concurrently.

But Garcia Uribe claimed he was tortured into making what appeared to be a wooden and rehearsed videotaped confession -- which prosecutors later showed on television. His co-defendent, fellow bus driver Gustavo
Gonzalez Meza, died in 2003 while in police custody.

Many of the victims were last seen boarding, or waiting for, buses.

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