A federal appeals court on Friday denied a plea deal to a convicted man who fled his prison sentence by posing as a nun, and by secretly posting on the Internet to evade detection by prison guards.
The U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Paulo Pinheiro, had said that the guilty plea of 21-year-old Gregory Mascarell had a “serious impact” on his human rights.
The plea agreement with prosecutors included a commitment to be monitored closely by the U.T.A., and Mascaresll was sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in the plot.
The deal called for Mascarisll to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit the crimes of murder and attempted murder, and the UTA to pay $50 million in compensation to the victims and their families.
The ruling means that Mascaredll will not face a jury trial, a court official told The Associated Press.
Prosecutors will have until May 27 to decide whether to file a motion to dismiss the case.