Rancher Who Ordered Murder of Sister Stang’s Arrested

The assassination of Sister Stang brought to light the increasing violence against landless peasants and small farmers in the more remote areas of the Amazon region.

By Dorah Feliciano, Contributing Reporter

BRASILIA, BRAZIL – One of the Brazilian ranchers found guilty of ordering the murder of American-born missionary Sister Dorothy Stang in 2005, Regivaldo Pereira Galvão was arrested this week after eluding police officers since February.

Galvão was convicted of ordering the slaying of Stang, better known in Brazil as Sister Dorothy, in 2010. He was given thirty years in jail, and arrested a year later, in November of 2011.

In 2012, Brazil's Federal Supreme Court (STF) granted him a short-lived habeas corpus.

He was later arrested, but the courts reduced his . . .

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