Second Rancher Convicted Of U.S Nun And Activist’s Death

May 1, 2010

Brazil (ChattahBox) – A second Brazilian rancher has been convicted of the murder of an American nun and activist in 2005.

Dorothy Stang spent decades fighting for environmental rights and protections in the Brazilian rain forest, and it was ultimately her passion for what was right that led to her brutal murder.

The 73-year-old had worked hard to block ranchers Regivaldo Galvao and Vitalmiro Moura from stealing land that had been appropriated to Amazonian farmers by the local government.

In response, the two hired gunmen to kill Stang.

She was shot as she walked along a path in the rain forest, in a section that had been greatly destroyed by loggers in the region.

Both men have been given 30 year sentences for their order of the murder in a case that has outlined the brutality possible from large scale farms in the attempt to mow over small ones in Brazil.

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