BOGOTA – The affluent architect who confessed to the kidnapping, rape, and murder of a 7-year-old girl was sentenced on Wednesday to 51 years and 10 months in prison for a crime that shocked Colombia.
“Rafael Uribe Noguera’s sentence should reflect the general repudiation his actions engendered,” the judge said in a Bogota courtroom that was closed to the public.
On Dec. 4, Uribe abducted Yuliana Samboni from Bosque Calderon, a slum located near the upscale neighborhood of Chapinero Alto, and took her to an apartment where he raped the 7-year-old and then strangled her to death.
Samboni was the daughter of an indigenous couple from the southern province of Cauca who had come to Bogota years earlier in search of a better life.
Arrested two days after the crime, the architect pleaded guilty on Jan. 11.
Two of the killer’s siblings, Francisco and Catalina Uribe Noguera, are to be tried on charges they engaged in obstruction and tampered with the crime scene to conceal their brother’s guilt.
The high-profile case was also marked by the suicide of Fernando Mechan, a security guard at the apartment building where Yuliana was assaulted and killed.
He was found dead Dec. 6.