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A Producer From ‘Survivor’ Has Been Released From A Mexican Prison After Serving 7 Years For Murdering His Brazilian Wife

Bruce Beresford-Redman was convicted of murdering his wife while on vacation in Mexico. Now, seven years later, the man convicted of the crims is free because of good behavior. The murder, which was committed in 2010 at a Cancun resort, shocked the nation and his behavior afterward was suspicious.

Bruce Beresford-Redman, a former producer for the reality TV show “Survivor,” is out of prison.

'Survivor' producer Bruce Beresford-Redman spent seven years in a Mexican prison for murdering his wife while they vacationed in Cancun with their children.
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The American man was convicted of murdering his Brazilian wife, Monica Burgos. The couple was vacationing in Cancun with their two young children at a resort. Those who knew the couple said that the marriage was strained and the couple was showing signs of marital problems before the trip.

Beresford-Redman is living in southern California with his mother after seven years in prison.

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Beresford-Redman was originally sentenced to 12 years in prison but time served in U.S. custody and good behavior shortened his sentence to a little more than half.

The case, which garnered international attention, took place at the same resort where the family was staying. Forensic scientists determined the cause of death to asphyxiation. When Beresford-Redman was arrested by Mexican authorities, he was released pending the trial and was told not to leave the country. However, reports say he used his driver’s license to enter the U.S. He was eventually apprehended by U.S. authorities and was extradited back to Mexico to face trial.

People on social media are angered by his release citing his access to money and privilege as how he was released so quickly.

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It has been reported that the Mexican justice system took into account the amount of time Beresford-Redman spent in U.S. custody and his good behavior to release him. After his release, Beresford-Redman moved back to southern California and is living with his mother, Juanita, in Gardena, California.

Others are questioning why his sentence wasn’t more severe.

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While Mexico does technically have a life sentence, however, in 2001, the Mexican Supreme Court that all life sentences must allow for parole after 50 years.

Overall, people on social media are angered that Beresford-Redman was released from prison so quickly.

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What do you think about Beresford-Redman’s release?

READ: Mexico’s Murder Rate Is At A Historical High And The Debate About Border Policies Is More Caliente Than Ever

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Latina L.A. County Deputy Was Shot In The Face But Saved Her Partner’s Life After A Gunman Ambushed Them

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Latina L.A. County Deputy Was Shot In The Face But Saved Her Partner’s Life After A Gunman Ambushed Them

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A shooting that occurred over the weekend in Compton, California has sparked shock, alarm, and outrage.

The shooting occurred sometime around 7 p.m. on Saturday at MLK Transit Center in Compton. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the gunman made his way toward the passenger’s side of the deputies’ car and shot two deputies with a pistol without precedent.

One of the victims is a 31-year-old mother.

On Saturday, the sheriff’s department tweeted surveillance footage of the shooting which also captured the gunman fleeing the scene.

According to reports, the gunman fired into the deputies’ car without pretext.

“This is just a somber reminder that this is a dangerous job, and actions and words have consequences. Our job does not get any easier because people do not like law enforcement,” Alex Villanueva, the 33rd Sheriff of Los Angeles County, said in a statement. “It pisses me off. It dismays me at the same time.”

According to Villanueva, both of the deputies (Claudia Apolinar a 31-year-old mother and a 24-year-old man) were sworn in just 14 months ago and are in critical condition at the hospital. According to the sheriff’s department both are “fighting for their lives” but “it looks like they’re going to be able to recover.”

Apolinar and her partner were both shot at close range. Apolinar was shot in the face and torso and her partner sustained multiple gunshot wounds Seeing that he was in need of immediate medical treatment, Apolinar managed to make a tourniquet for him before medics arrived.

According to the New York Post, Apolinar is a former librarian who graduated from the academy last year.

“We’ll see what the long-term impact is. We don’t know that yet, but they survived the worst,” Villanueva explained.

Local officials have announced a $100,000 reward for information on the gunman and his whereabouts.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke out against the attack and condemned it in a statement calling “Acts of lawlessness and violence directed against police officers are unacceptable, outrageous, and entirely counterproductive to the pursuit of greater peace and justice in America — as are the actions of those who cheer such attacks on.”

Speaking about the incident, Democratic US Rep. Adam Schiff called the attack “cowardly.”

“Every day, law enforcement officers put themselves at risk to protect our community,” Schiff stated in a post shared to Twitter. “I hope the perpetrator of this cowardly attack can be quickly brought to justice.”

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Jussie Smollett Speaks Out For The First Time In Months About His Alleged 2019 Attack— ‘They Won’t Let This Go’

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Jussie Smollett Speaks Out For The First Time In Months About His Alleged 2019 Attack— ‘They Won’t Let This Go’

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In early 2019, “Empire “actor Jussie Smollett found himself thrust into the public spotlight of scrutiny after it was reported that he had been the victim of a hate crime. His original claim initially prompted public outrage and a flood of support from fans. Then, nearly three weeks later, the public was shocked to learn that Smollett had been charged with disorderly conduct and the false filing of a police report after it was determined that the attack had been staged. Worse? Officials suspected that Smollett himself had choreographed the entire attack from start to finish. In March of 2019, the actor was charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report that claimed two men attacked him while yelling racist and homophobic slurs at him.

Since then, the charges against Smollett have been dropped but his reputation remains tarnished. The court of public opinion has determined that he is a liar and fabricator. Ultimately he was dropped from his role on his show and he has remained relatively silent about the issue.

Now, a year after the alleged attack Smollett is speaking out about the controversy in a rare interview.

On Wednesday, the actor made an appearance in an Instagram Live conversation with author and activist Marc Lamont Hill. During the interview, Smollett addressed his ongoing trial calling the situation “frustrating, to say the least.”

“It’s been beyond frustrating, and I certainly am not going rogue,” Smollett explained. “I’m still taking the advice of my attorneys and everything like that, but I don’t really see, honestly, what staying quiet has really done, like, where it has gotten me. … It’s so much bigger than me.”

Smollett went onto share what the past year has done to him and shared that his legal team recently filed a motion against his indictment. The motion is set to be reviewed in court on Thursday. “I believe I have to give it up to God,” Smollett explained before adding that he thinks the legal motion will fall in his favor.

“They won’t let this go,” he explained. “It doesn’t matter — there is an example being made. And the sad part is that there’s an example being made of someone who did not do what they are being accused of.”

Addressing accusations that his original claims were all a hoax, Smollett said that “From the very, very beginning, it was set up to seem like I was lying about something or everything.”

Smollett claimed “there would be no reason for me to do this” and called the accusations “bulls—,” before adding that the “last thing” hew would ever want to do is “be portrayed as a victim.”

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