American nun’s killer released from Brazil prison

SAO PAULO (AP) — The confessed killer of U.S. nun and Amazon defender Dorothy Stang has been released from jail after serving less than nine of the 27 years he was sentenced to back in 2005.

The judiciary branch of the northern state of Para says on its website that Judge Claudio Henrique Rendeiro ruled that Rayfran das Neves Sales was entitled to serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest. Sales is prohibited from frequenting bars, must sleep at home and find a job. He was released on Tuesday.

Sales, who served eight years and eight months, confessed he shot Stang six times on a muddy Amazon road. Two accomplices, Clodoaldo Carlos Batista and Amair Feijoli da Cunha, are serving 17 and 18 years, respectively.

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