Dumas de Jesús “Carecuchillo” Castillo Guerrero, suspect of the Mapiripán massacre, surrendered Tuesday to Colombian authorities. He was wanted for his alleged part in the 1997 massacre during which at least 20 people were brutally murdered.
The paramilitary chief had been considered dead, after the Colombian army in November 2007 reported it had killed him.
Castillo Guerrero surrendered to the authorities in the hope he can qualify for the Justice and Peace law, granting him a lower jail sentence in exchange for a full confession of his crimes and reperation for his victims.
Carecuchillo, brother of Pedro “Cuchillo” Guerrero Castillo, allegedly took part is the Mapiripán massacre in July 1997.
During the Mapiripán massacre paramilitary troops murdered, beheaded, dismembered and disemboweled at least twenty civilians from the town. Authorities never were able to tell how many people exactly were murdered, because the bodies and body parts were thrown into a river.