Prosecutor says 'Peru two' face lengthy terms - even if they plead guilty
on 19/09/2013 22:33:01
Prosecutor Juan Bautista Mendoza said today that a further sentence reduction is possible if the women testify against co-conspirators.
Otherwise, they face between eight and 15 years.
Twenty-year-old Michaella McCollum and 19-year-old Melissa Reid have a court hearing on Tuesday.
McCollum's lawyer Peter Madden said he could not yet say whether she would plead guilty or go to trial.
After her arrest he said the two women were coerced by a gang of up to 15 armed men.