A hotel security guard in Costa Rica has been sentenced to 16-years behind bars for the murder of a South Florida woman.Bismark Espinoza Martínez was sentenced Monday after investigators found that he was responsible for the death of Carla Stefaniak, an insurance agent from Hallandale Beach, Florida.Authorities say Sefaniak was visiting the Villa Le Mas hotel in Escazu for a day to celebrate her 36th birthday with her sister-in-law. Stefaniak’s sister-in-law left the same day while Stefaniak was scheduled to leave the next day. Stefaniak, however, never made her flight. Her body was eventually found on Dec. 3, 2018 buried in a shallow grave.Stefaniak’s family says that she communicated with them throughout the trip up until 8pm the day before she disappeared. The 36-year-old told her family that she felt like the place was sketchy and that she was going to ask the guard for some water.That was the last time they heard from her.Investigators found that Martínez used his position to enter Stefaniak’s room where he then killed her.Autopsy reports stated that Stefaniak suffered blunt force wound to the head and that she had cuts on the neck and arms.When investigators quested Martínez, he lied and told that that he witnessed Stefaniak leave the hotel on her own accord on the day of her flight.It wasn’t until later that a witness came forward and told investigators that Martínez admitted to them that he killed Stefaniak.Stefaniak’s family asked for Martínez to be sentenced to the maxim term of 50-years behind bars while Costa Rican prosecutors asked for an 18- year sentence. Martínez was later sentenced to 16 years by a judge.Martínez was also absolved of robbery charges that were connected to the case.Airbnb, the avenue that Stefaniak booked the hotel through, was fined the equivalent of about $53,000 for the incident.
FOOTBALL action continued Monday evening in the Corona Invitational football tournament with East Veldt staving off the challenge of Flamingo.At the GFC ground Bourda, the East Veldt side opened the scoring in the 4th minute thanks to Michael Charles with Flamingo’s Earl Samuels responding in the 27th to level the game.This stalemate stretched into halftime and threatened to be the end result but Travis Hercules broke the deadlock for the eventual winners.This opened the floodgates for the East Veldt with Cordel Johnson scoring just one minute later.In the second game of the evening, Camptown FC and Beacons played to a 1-1 stalemate.Jamal Codrington was on target for the Campbellville-based side with Travis Lyken on target for the.The third game also ended in a stalemate but just barely, as the GFC side held a one-goal advantage up until the final minute.Benjamin Abumchi was the man who had set the GFC crowd abuzz in the sixteenth minute as that goal carried them ahead into the second half.Whether it was tiredness or being too laid-back that cost them, they allowed Dwayne McLennon through in the 90+3 and he completed Western Tigers’ much-needed goal to continue their winning streak.Camptown FC will take on Black Pearl in the next round of fixtures on Friday with Northern Rangers and Flamingo playing the second game and Pele tackling Riddim Squad in the final game of the evening.