Roberto Girón Mendoza and Pedro Castillo were two Guatemalan men convicted of murder and executed, with their deaths by firing squad occurring on September 13, 1996. It was the first official firing squad execution in Guatemala since 1983. It was also the first execution to occur in Latin America, with the exception of Guyana and the Caribbean, in a span of over 10 years. Their executions were filmed by the press. The executions were featured in the 1998 shockumentary film, Banned from Television.

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  • Roberto Girón Mendoza and Pedro Castillo were two Guatemalan men convicted of murder and executed, with their deaths by firing squad occurring on September 13, 1996. It was the first official firing squad execution in Guatemala since 1983. It was also the first execution to occur in Latin America, with the exception of Guyana and the Caribbean, in a span of over 10 years. The executions occurred outside of the Canada Penal Farm (Granja de Canadá), in Escuintla, Guatemala. The men had raped and murdered 4-year old Sonia Marisol Alvarez García on April 19, 1993. This execution was broadcast on live television. The men survived the initial volleys of bullets, so after a doctor had confirmed they were alive a squad leader killed each man by firing a bullet into his head. The resulting controversy caused the Guatemalan legislature to change the method of execution to lethal injection. Their executions were filmed by the press. The executions were featured in the 1998 shockumentary film, Banned from Television. (en)
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  • Roberto Girón Mendoza and Pedro Castillo were two Guatemalan men convicted of murder and executed, with their deaths by firing squad occurring on September 13, 1996. It was the first official firing squad execution in Guatemala since 1983. It was also the first execution to occur in Latin America, with the exception of Guyana and the Caribbean, in a span of over 10 years. Their executions were filmed by the press. The executions were featured in the 1998 shockumentary film, Banned from Television. (en)
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  • Roberto Girón and Pedro Castillo (en)
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