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Ex-Survivor producer sentenced to 12 years in Cancun prison

Last updated on October 24, 2017

A once-famous television producer has been found guilty of murder in Cancun, Mexico.

Former Survivor producer, Bruce Beresford-Redman, was convicted of murder in a Mexican court and sentenced to 12 years in prison by Judge Víctor Manuel Echeverria Tun of Quintana Roo state.

Alison Triessl, lawyer for the Brugos family, issued a statement after the conviction saying, “It has been nearly 5 years since they lost their beloved sister. Not a day goes by that they don’t miss her terribly and nothing will bring her back, but they can finally say that she has received the justice she deserved.”

Quintana Roo state prosecutor, Gaspar Armando Garcia Torres, said he was disappointed in the 12-year sentence, stating prosecutors had asked for more.

“We wanted a maximum sentence,” Garcia Torres said. “We asked for a maximum sentence that we considered should be 50 years for murder.”

After analyzing the judge’s decision, Garcia Torres said that prosecutors would likely appeal for a longer sentence.

The incident dates back to 2010 when Beresford-Redman, his wife, Monica Brugos and their two children, spent a family vacation in Cancun. The trip was intended to rekindle their marriage after Burgos discovered her husband had been cheating with Joy Pierce, a former producer of the show. Days after their arrival in Cancun, the body of Monica Brugos was found in a sewer cistern near their resort. 

Beresford-Redman was extradited from the US back to Mexico in 2012 where he was ordered to stand trial for the murder of his wife.

Stephen Jaffe, a spokesman for Beresford-Redman’s U.S. attorneys, said Beresford-Redman’s lawyer in Mexico would eventually comment regarding an appeal.


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