The Straits Times
Published on Nov 21, 2012

Argentine governor's widow gets prison for killing spouse


BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - The widow of a late Argentine provincial governor has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for the New Year's Day murder of her husband.

Mr Carlos Soria, 61, governor of Argentina's Rio Negro province and the country's former spy chief, was shot in the left eye with .38 calibre pistol during an argument with his wife, prosecutors said.

Mr Soria, an ally of Argentine President Cristina Kirchner, was just weeks into his job in the key oil-producing southern province of Rio Negro when he was shot.

A panel of judges ruled on Tuesday that Mr Soria's widow Susana Freydoz, 61, was guilty of first degree murder, but did not give prosecutors life in prison sentence they were seeking.