Suspect Sentenced for Killing Retired U.S. Man

October 1, 2004

THE man suspected of killing 76-year-old hotel owner Percy Lee WilhelmJr., known to his friends as “Lucky,” wassentenced to 35 years in prison on Sept.23, officials from the Nicoya CriminalCourt said.Agents of the Judicial InvestigationPolice (OIJ) had identified the primarysuspect in Wilhelm’s October 2003 slayingas 44-year-old Jorge Martín Gutiérrez,whom OIJ agents arrested on Nov.5.David Cascantes, of the Nicoya penalcourt, confirmed that Gutiérrez was convictedlast week.Wilhelm, a native of Punta Gorda,Fla., owned the Hotel Oasis del Pacíficoat Playa Naranjo, on the Pacific coast,and the Piano Bar in the Balmoral Hotelin San José. He was described by thosewho knew him as “mellow” and “warmhearted.”He spent some 44 years traveling theworld as a Merchant Marine captain,spending considerable time in SaudiArabia and Singapore. Wilhelm moved toCosta Rica in 1982 with his wife Aggie.(TT, Oct. 31, 2003).

You may be interested

Download our High Season Print Edition here
The Tico Times
215 views
The Tico Times
215 views

Download our High Season Print Edition here

The Tico Times - December 17, 2017

Thanks to all the readers from around Costa Rica and the world who have written to ask how they can…

PHOTOS: Costa Rica’s Festival of Light
Holidays
1026 views
Holidays
1026 views

PHOTOS: Costa Rica’s Festival of Light

AFP - December 17, 2017

Costa Rica's traditional Festival de la Luz, a holiday parade through the heart of San José, filled the capital with…

Give green in Costa Rica: holiday gifts that will live on all year
Environment and Wildlife
1088 views
Environment and Wildlife
1088 views

Give green in Costa Rica: holiday gifts that will live on all year

Ed Bernhardt - December 16, 2017

A warm holiday greeting from the garden to all our readers. Another year has come to an end, and it’s…