Former 'Survivor' Producer Convicted Of Wife's Murder In Mexico

LOS ANGELES (CNS/FOX 11) - A television producer accused of killing his wife during a vacation to Mexico in 2010 was convicted Friday and sentenced to 12 years in prison, his lawyer announced.

An attorney for Bruce Beresford-Redman said the producer had been sentenced for his wife's murder, and the sentence would be appealed.

The "Survivor'' producer had been on trial in Mexico since June 2012 for the murder of Monica Burgos, 41, whose body was found April 8, 2010, in a sewage tank at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, where the couple was vacationing.

Beresford-Redman's attorney said the appeal against the conviction would be on the basis that it relied on circumstantial evidence, much of which was tainted and contaminated.

Beresford-Redford's father David told KCAL9 the trial and verdict was "a gross miscarriage of justice,'' and said his son was innocent.

The father said his son had texted him the news of the sentence and a fine of 43,000 pesos, as well as saying he had signed papers to appeal, according to news reports.

In a 2011 ruling confirming an earlier extradition order, U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez wrote there are "pages upon pages of competent evidence'' pointing to Beresford-Redman's guilt in the killing of Burgos, who owned a restaurant in Palms.

Gutierrez summarized the evidence against Beresford-Redman as "infidelity, fighting, screaming from the hotel room, the fugitive's opportunity to dispose of the victim's body, the ultimate location of the victim's body (25 meters from the hotel room), the victim leaving her cellphone behind, scratches and abrasions upon the fugitive's body, and the fugitive's flight'' from Mexico.

"All of this evidence points to homicide committed by the fugitive,'' Gutierrez wrote.

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