The judges from the Criminal Court of Pavas unanimously convicted Bismark Espinoza Martínez to 16 years in prison for the homicide of Carla Stefaniak. They decided he was the only one who knew the grounds well enough to know where to hide a body.
That seems like something hard to prove. The man’s lawyer will study the case and file the appropriate appeals. The man insists he is innocent and is said to be calm and patiently waiting for the truth to be seen. In remarks made at the hearing, they pointed out the fact that the man had no scratches on his body, nothing to indicate any type of struggle, and no apparent motive.
He was convicted of simple homicide rather than qualified homicide because it was not possible to determine how the events occurred nor find a motive for why he would kill her.
The villa where she stayed seems to have been cleaned by someone other than the cleaning staff as it was a bit out of order. Espinoza told the police the woman left in a vehicle that arrived to pick her up but it was later discovered she never left the premises.
The father of the murdered woman has an unimaginable pain. While the hotel and Espinoza must pay ₡30 million for pain and suffering, no amount of money could replace his daughter.