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Duo get almost three decades behind bars for double murder

43-year-old, Eli Lopez Avila and 32-year-old, Milton Maza were sentenced to thirty-five years for the double murder of Richard Stuart and his wife, Maria. They, however, will serve twenty-seven years since they were on remand for eight years. On October 19, Justice Colin Williams handed down the guilty verdict and almost a month later after hearing mitigation pleas for the defense and three victim impact statements, Williams rendered the sentence. In 2010, the Stuarts were viciously stabbed to death at their home in the West Landivar area of Belize City.  During the trial, the prosecutor called nineteen witnesses to the stand, including a DNA expert while the defense only called three witnesses including the two accused.