Family members of former auctioneer at peace following Rocha case sentencing

Jaime Oliva Lavanderos, the son of the victim, said that he hopes "these painful chapters will come to a close".

27 de Marzo de 2009 | 14:24 | El Mercurio Online

SANTIAGO.- The family of murdered former public auctioneer Jaime Oliva have said they feel a sense of peace after being informed of the 12-year prison sentences given to the driver and former bodyguard of Gerardo Rocha for their participation in the murder of the former auctioneer in February of 2008 in El Quisco.

"We have been open to conversation, to forgiveness, to everything. For us it has been a constant fight and I hope that these painful chapters will come to a close. We want to be at peace as a family", the son of Oliva, Jaime Oliva Lavanderos, told Radio Cooperativa.

The Oral Criminal Court of San Antonio sentenced César Osores and Marcelo Morales –the former bodyguard and chauffer of Rocha- to 12 years in prison for the premeditated murder of Jaime Oliva.

The families of those convicted also valued the sentence. Meanwhile, the Public Prosecutor's Office also stated that it was satisfied with the penalty, despite having requested a life prison sentence.

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