Beresford-Redman — who also co-created the MTV series "Pimp My Ride" — reported his wife missing in April 2010 as they and their two young children were on vacation in Cancun. Two days later, Burgos' body was found inside a sewer cistern; an autopsy indicated that she had been strangled.
Mexican police said hotel guests reported hearing screams from the hotel room, and investigators said they discovered blood in the room. Police said their investigation revealed that Beresford-Redman had recently had an extramarital affair.
The U.S. extradited Beresford-Redman to Mexico in 2012. His parents said Thursday night that their son is innocent and that the conviction "should 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 are appalled and disgusted with this gross miscarriage of justice," David and Juanita Beresford-Redman said in a statement. "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."
But Alison Triessl, an attorney for Burgos' family, said in a statement that the verdict represented justice.
"It has been nearly 5 years since they lost their beloved sister," Triessl said. "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."