Accused for stealing a Venezuela-owned Matisse painting plead guilty
Based on the files in the US court e-system, Cuban Pedro Antonio Marcuello Guzmán and Mexican María Martha Elisa Ornelas Lazo will learn their sentences next January 22
Based on the files in the US court e-system Cuban Pedro Antonio Marcuello Guzmán and Mexican María Martha Elisa Ornelas Lazo will learn their sentences next January 22.
In a hearing held on Tuesday, both defendants rectified their plea of not guilty of last August and face penalties of up to 10 years imprisonment.
Both of them are accused of transfer and possession of stolen property and scheming to sell it. Earlier, they had tried to sell the painting to FBI undercover agents last July 17.
The painting, worth USD 3 million, was stolen from the Caracas Museum of Modern Art (MACC) and replaced with a falsification, according to the court files.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."