Brazil sentences cannibal sect to lengthy prison time for human-filled meat pies

Brazil sentences cannibal sect to lengthy prison time for human-filled meat pies

A jury in northeastern Brazil delivered sentences of 20-23 years in prison for three people convicted of killing two women, eating parts of their bodies and using some of their flesh to make and sell stuffed pastries, a court official said Saturday.

A weekend duty officer at the court in the city of Olinda said the seven-person jury handed down the sentences Friday night.

Jorge Beltrão Negromonte da Silveira was sentenced to 23 years in prison while his wife, Isabel Cristina Pires, and his mistress, Bruna Cristina Oliveira da Silva, each received 20-year terms.

The defendants’ attorneys told reporters they would appeal the sentences.

The three were arrested in April 2012, and police said they confessed to the crimes.

At the time, the three reportedly told police they belonged to a sect that preached “the purification of the world and the reduction of its population.”

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