The former "Survivor" producer accused of murdering his wife while on a 2010 family vacation in Mexico has been convicted on charges connected with the case, his mother said Thursday.
Bruce Beresford-Redman was sentenced to 12 years in a Mexican prison, according to his mother Juanita Beresford-Redman, although the charges he was convicted of were not immediately clear.
He was initially charged with aggravated homicide in the death of his wife, Monica Burgos. That charge carried a sentence of 20 to 30 years in prison.
"(The verdict is) a relief for me and my parents,' Monica's older sister Karla Burgos told NBC4.
Beresford-Redman reported his wife missing April 6, 2010 after she allegedly failed to return from a solo shopping trip. Her body was discovered two days later in a hotel sewer in Cancun.
Juanita Beresford-Redman said she found out about the conviction through a text her son sent to her this afternoon. The family plans to appeal the decision in a Mexican court.
"We will continue to fight until he is found innocent, which he is," she said.
The family also issued a statement via Facebook:
"We are appalled and disgusted with this gross miscarriage of justice. Over an exhausting three and a half year period this trial has done nothing but prove Bruce’s innocence beyond any doubt. Whatever lies behind this ruling it is based on neither facts nor evidence.
"This is a disservice to Monica’s memory; this is not the justice she and Bruce still deserve and that we continue to demand. At some point, even in Mexico, Bruce’s innocence will lead to his freedom. We will immediately appeal this absurd decision and will not rest until Bruce is exonerated and returned home.
"This decision must lead to a reconsideration of the extradition treaty between the United States and Mexico as it is clear that Mexico cannot meet even minimal standards of justice. We remain ever grateful to all those who continue to support Bruce.”
Juanita Beresford-Redman said her son said via text that his only regret is that he will be away from his children for even longer.
Bruce Beresford-Redman has been in the custody of Mexican authorities since he was extradited in 2012.
Through their attorney, the Burgos family further praised the verdict.
"The family of Monica Burgos has just been informed that Bruce Beresford-Redman has been convicted in Mexico of Monica's murder," the family said in the statement. "It has been nearly 5 years since they lost our beloved sister. Not a day goes by that they don't miss her terribly and nothing will bring her back but they can finally say that she has received the justice she deserved."
Jane Yamamoto contributed to this report