In 2015, Cristian Fievet was sentenced to life in prison for the femicide of Cintia Vergara that occurred in Catriel, a year earlier. It was the first case in that town that came to trial for an act of gender violence. It could have been the first case of femicide in Río Negro, but Fievet was convicted of aggravated murder. Despite the complaint’s request that he be tried under article 80, paragraph 11.
The truth is that eight years later, the aggressor once again garnered the community’s repudiation for the departures authorized from the office of Cipoleño judge Lucas Lizzi.
The tension between judges and citizens is permanent. But certain positions generate more polarization than others. This is the case of Execution Judge Lucas Lizzi, who is praised for some decisions and reviled for others, such as the Catriel case.
Lizzi’s authorization generated great rejection in the community, harshly punished for gender violence and femicides. In fact, Catriel cannot recover from the femicide of Patricia Rendón, who had a recent guilty verdict for the accused Fernando Cronembold.
Just this month, Lucas Lizzi authorized “extraordinary” outings for Fievet. They are contemplated in the Execution Law for certain cases, such as visiting a family member who is unable, due to illness, to go to the prison. The femicide’s appointments with that family member will be held with some regularity, as long as you comply with the requirements and conduct guidelines.
In any case, there is a lot of discomfort on the part of family members and groups that support and accompany victims of gender violence.
The week had started well for Lizzi after she announced that she had expelled three Chileans sentenced to different prison terms from the country. Laws 25,871 and 24,660 contemplate the possibility that once foreign prisoners serve more than half of their sentence, they can be sent to their country of origin.
That decision caused acceptance and fell within the “hard line” line. But it is one of lime and another of sand for the magistrate. The next day, it was learned that he had authorized the controversial departures of Cintia Vergara’s femicide.
The magistrate seems determined to leave such a polarized jurisdiction and that is why He is insolvent as a guarantee judge in both Cipolletti and Neuquén, although in this province his application was not successful.
Fewer benefits for femicides since 2017
With the latest reform of the Execution Law in 2017, those convicted of femicide cannot access ordinary benefits such as temporary releases or conditional release. You only have access to the extraordinary ones. This is not the case of Fievet, who was convicted with the previous regulations and therefore will be able to enjoy all the benefits. if it meets the requirements established by the Execution Court. It was learned that the convicted man will be able to leave every two months to visit a family member who has a serious health problem.
The truth is that Lizzi, so criticized by the inmates of Cipolletti Prison 5 for his “heavy hand” in granting benefits, did not hesitate to allow Fievet access to the first 8 years after his conviction.
The femicide of Cintia Vergara occurred in Catriel on the morning of April 20, 2014. The victim and the perpetrator had been in a relationship for three years but at the time of the crime they were separated. That day, the accused forced his way into the woman’s house and cut her throat with a knife in front of her two children, ages 10 and 14.
The Second Chamber of Cipolletti sentenced Fievet, 28, alias “Loco,” to life imprisonment.
In the sentencing, the now retired judge César Gutiérrez Elcarás stated that the mitigating circumstances raised by the defense cannot be applied because Fievet had carried out acts of violence against Cintia prior to the crime. “I insist, Fievet’s attitude before, during and after this unspeakable homicide is so cruel that if there were exceptional mitigating circumstances he would not apply them,” he said.
Changes in the Criminal Execution Law
In 2017, the Criminal Execution Law was modified, introducing changes, especially regarding access to benefits for inmates. For a part of the prison population, the spirit of the prison, which is resocialization, changed for a harsher policy. The thing is that for certain crimes the benefits of temporary releases, assisted release and conditional release no longer apply.
They can only access an extraordinary exitace. Among them, aggravated homicide, crimes against sexual integrity, robbery followed by death, robbery with firearms, human trafficking, terrorism, illegal deprivation of coercive liberty, torture followed by death and kidnapping for ransom.
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