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Three who assaulted tourists in Brazil convicted

Aug. 15, 2013 at 2:28 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Three men who attacked tourists in Rio de Janeiro in March, raping one, were sentenced to between 21 and 49 years in jail, a judge declared.

In a 145-page ruling released Wednesday, Judge William Schilling outlined the charges against Froudakis Jonathan de Souza, 20, Walace Appeared de Souza Silva, 21, and Carlos Armando Costa dos Santos, age unreported.

The three, and an unidentified underage suspect who will be tried separately, assaulted and robbed eight passengers on a tour bus, then forced six to disembark. One of the two tourists remaining on the bus, an American woman, was raped, and her French boyfriend was handcuffed and beaten with a tire iron, the ruling stated.

De Souza and de Souza Silver each received 49-year prison terms for rape, robbery, extortion and corruption of a minor. Costa dos Santos, who was not involved in the robberies, received a 21-year prison term for rape and extortion, the Brazilian newspaper O Globo reported.

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