Rosa Elena Bonilla, a former first lady from Honduras, was sentenced this past Wednesday, Sept. 4, to 58 years in prison. An anti-corruption tribunal found her guilty of fraud and appropriation of public funds during the 2010-14 presidential term of her husband, Porfirio Lobo.
Carlos Silva, spokesperson for the Honduran Supreme Court, informed the press of the tribunal’s sentence. Bonilla, 52, had been found guilty of the aforementioned crimes on August 20th.
According to Honduran law, the former first lady’s defense team has 20 days to appeal the sentence.
Bonilla was detained on February 28, 2018, and from that time on has been at the women’s prison in Tamara, 10 km north of Tegucigalpa.