|From right, William Tricket Smith II, Mónica Cecilia Muñoz Pereda and Justo José Servigón Solano are accused of the murder of Jana Claudia Gomez Menendez.(Photo: Andina)|
William Trickett Smith II of the United States pled guilty to the murder of his Peruvian wife, Jana Claudia Gomez Menendez, and asked for early termination of his criminal proceedings, Andina reports.
Tricket is charged with murdering his wife and placing her body in a suitcase, which washed up on the Lima shore in 2007. She was identified by the tattoo of a butterfly on her neck.
Smith’s attorney certified Trickett pled guilty, but said he did not agree to the penalty of 35 years in prison that the Attorney General has requested.
The other two defendants Mónica Cecilia Muñoz Perez, considered primary accomplice of the crime by the prosecution, has been asked to serve a 15 year sentence, and Justo José Servigón Solano, accused of cover-up, has been asked to serve a four year sentence. Both have pled not guilty and will continue the regular trial.
The court has also requested S/. 60,000 for the family of the victim, to come from the three accused.