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2 adolescents sentenced to 4 years each in slaying of actress who was ex-Miss Venezuela

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CARACAS, Venezuela — Two boys ages 15 and 17 have been sentenced to four years each in the killing of actress and former Miss Venezuela Monica Spear along with her ex-husband.

PHOTO: FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2004, file photo, Monica Spear wears her crown after winning the Miss Venezuela title in Caracas, Venezuela. A tribunal sentenced two teenagers, on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, to four years in prison for their involvement in the 2014 murder of Spear and her ex-husband during a robbery. (AP Photo/Leslie Mazoch, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2004, file photo, Monica Spear wears her crown after winning the Miss Venezuela title in Caracas, Venezuela. A tribunal sentenced two teenagers, on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, to four years in prison for their involvement in the 2014 murder of Spear and her ex-husband during a robbery. (AP Photo/Leslie Mazoch, File)

The country's top prosecutor's office says the adolescents were sentenced earlier this week. Three other people were previously sentenced in the case to prison terms ranging from 24 to 26 years. Five other people still await trial.

The 29-year-old Spear and former husband Thomas Henry Berry, a 39-year-old British citizen, were shot to death resisting a robbery on Jan. 6, 2014, alongside a highway about 170 kilometers (105 miles) west of Caracas. Their then 5-year-old daughter was shot in the leg.

Venezuela is among the most violent countries in Latin America.

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