Granada Man Jailed for Killing Guardia Civil

The man who shot dead a Guardia Civil officer with his own gun in Granada has been jailed for 22 years.

Jose Manuel Arco Sanchez, an officer at the Guardia Civil, was on patrol one early morning in October 2018 in Granada when he decided to pursue a suspicious vehicle. It later transpired the car was stolen. When confronted, the driver of the car managed to grab the officer’s firearm and shoot him at close range. The bullet hit his stomach, causing the married father to die of a hemorrhage. The shooter was arrested on the scene and told the court that he’d been under the influence of drugs during the murder, saying he was ‘not well that night because of the pills’.

At the Granada court trial, the public prosecutor asked for the killer to be given a 27-year sentence while the State Attorney called for 37. A private prosecution from the victim’s family requested a 42-year sentence, but all agreed to 22 when the gunman confessed and offered a guilty plea. The officer’s widow, Raquel Perez, said she doubted the sincerity of the killer’s apologies though said that after two ‘long years’ the sentencing was ‘the best thing that could have happened’.

She also said that, unlike she and her children, the killer would be able to see his family from prison while they would forever feel the loss of the officer.


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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...

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