Attorney Oscar Selgado Begs for Mercy After Being Found Guilty of Abetment to Commit Murder

Attorney Oscar Selgado Begs for Mercy After Being Found Guilty of Abetment to Commit Murder

Attorney Oscar Selgado was back in court today where he reportedly apologized to Marilyn Barnes for the ordeal she has had to endure.  Selgado was found guilty of putting out a hit on Barnes after she reported him to the General Legal Council.  The matter escalated when the hired hitman, Giovanni Ramirez, recorded a conversation with Selgado and handed it over to Police Commissioner Chester Williams.  The recording, however, went missing and was not presented during the trial.  Despite that, Selgado was found guilty of abetment to commit murder and is now facing sentencing.  In today’s mitigation plea hearing, Selgado begged the court for mercy and asked that he be given a non-custodial sentence.  He also had five persons speak on his behalf, including his eldest sibling, two attorneys, two neighbors and a former Brigadier General.  His attorney, Arthur Saldivar, spoke to Court Reporter Anita Nembhard after today’s hearing.

Arthur Saldivar, Attorney: “We are seeking the best possible outcome in terms of a fair s sentence. Today we had a continuation of mitigation witnesses coming forward to give their character evidence on his behalf. Seven persons testified and we have one remaining who is going to be explaining his medical condition and why it is that it’s important for the court to consider health. Mr.Selgado has indicated to the court in his apology that he is sorry for the ordeal that Ms.Barns has had to endure as a result of this process. What he has indicated is that for as much as he has been found guilty here and she was a person involved in this that he is seeking her forgiveness for his role in that. It has been a challenge. He has had episodes in prison where his health has been compromised. He has an issue where the food is not adequate. His family is only allowed to provide food for him during the week, on the weekends he is left to only the food that prison provides which is not the best. There is a question as to why that’s the case, why his family on family days cannot bring food for him. Why is he being kept under some protocol where it is that he cannot receive like other inmates.”

The matter will continue next Thursday at which time testimonies from a medical practitioner and the CEO of the Belize Central Prison will be heard. 

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