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Former Survivor producer convicted of killing his wife is freed

The former producer of the castaway reality TV show, Survivor, has been released from prison in Mexico after serving just seven years of a 12-year sentence for murdering his wife and stuffing her body in a sewer.

Mexican authorities convicted Bruce Beresford-Redman in 2012 for the murder of his wife Monica Burgos at a Cancun resort, while they were on holiday.

Authorities found her naked body stashed in a sewer in April 2010 with signs that she had been beaten and strangled.  

The court sentenced Beresford-Redman, now 48, to 12 years in a Mexican jail. 

Beresford, who was extradited from the US in February 2012 on a murder charge, initially faced a maximum sentence of 50 years. It’s not clear why he was only sentenced to 12 years, but prosecutors who sought the maximum sentence said it was ‘too light’. However, they never pursued an appeal against the sentence.    

After serving seven and a half years, he was released on June 20, with credit for good behavior, and paid $2,000 restitution. Under Mexican law, prisoners are eligible for release after serving 60 percent of a sentence.    

He has been living at his home in Gardena with his two children – and his mother, who was awarded permanent custody of them in late 2010.  His father died last year.

Former Survivor producer Bruce Beresford-Redman (left) was jailed for 12 years in Mexico in 2015 for strangling his wife, Monica Burgos (right), and dumping her body in a sewer while on make-or-break vacation after she found out he was cheating on her

Burgos (pictured) and Beresford-Redman were on holiday with their children when she was killed, her body was found on what would have been her 42nd birthday

Burgos (pictured) and Beresford-Redman were on holiday with their children when she was killed, her body was found on what would have been her 42nd birthday

When other hotel guests told authorities they heard Burgos' (right) screams on the night she died, Beresford-Redman (left) said the couple were playing a game with their youngest child, then aged 3

When other hotel guests told authorities they heard Burgos’ (right) screams on the night she died, Beresford-Redman (left) said the couple were playing a game with their youngest child, then aged 3

The TV producer who worked on the TV shows ‘Survivor’ and ‘Pimp My Ride’ reported his wife missing after she left the Moon Palace Hotel to go shopping during their April 2010 holiday. 

The holiday – which they went on with their children, then aged 3 and 5 – was meant to be an attempt to mend their marriage after Burgos found out Beresford-Redman had been cheating on her. 

According to the complaint filed in the US court on behalf of the Mexican government, on April 5, two teenagers staying in the room below Beresford-Redman and Burgos were woken around 6am by the sounds of ‘screams, crying for help and extremely loud banging from the room above… it  sounded like a woman in extreme distress’.

However, Beresford-Redman allegedly told hotel staff that the couple had a fight about their children, and that the screams were from a game they were playing with their son – who was then three years old.   

Beresford-Redman can be seen escorted by police officers after his arrival in Cancun February 8, 2012

Beresford-Redman can be seen escorted by police officers after his arrival in Cancun February 8, 2012

The vacation was meant to repair the couple's relationship, but Beresford-Redmond admitted that he and his wife had argued at the resort in Cancun

The vacation was meant to repair the couple’s relationship, but Beresford-Redmond admitted that he and his wife had argued at the resort in Cancun

Burgos’ body was found two days later on her 42nd birthday, stuffed into a sewer within the confines of the hotel, naked and bruised. 

At the time, investigators said Burgos was killed after a ‘violent confrontation’ where he beat her with a metal pole, but Beresford-Redman maintained his innocence. 

Although his passport was seized and he was ordered not to leave Mexico at the time, he crossed the border using a different form of ID, as only US citizens traveling by air across the border need to present their passport. 

He returned home, but after a lengthy court battle was extradited to Mexico in 2012 on the murder charge. 

Beresford-Redman appeared in a CBS News documentary, 48 Hours, where he kept a prison diary from Cancun and protested his innocence

Beresford-Redman appeared in a CBS News documentary, 48 Hours, where he kept a prison diary from Cancun and protested his innocence 

At the time of the 48 Hours documentary, Beresford-Redman hadn't seen his children for three years

At the time of the 48 Hours documentary, Beresford-Redman hadn’t seen his children for three years 

Beresford-Redman continued to maintain his innocence and said that he lay awake at night and thought of Monica

Beresford-Redman continued to maintain his innocence and said that he lay awake at night and thought of Monica

When Beresford-Redman was initially suspected of murdering his wife, and ordered to remain in Mexico, his parents and Burgos’ sisters – Carla and Jeane Burgos – petitioned for custody. 

In their petition for custody, Beresford-Redman’s parents – David and Juanita – said they were retired and in good health, had a close relationship with the children, and ‘would be able to devote ourselves to the care and nurture of our grandchildren’.  

In November 2010, Beresford-Redman’s parents were awarded custody after a settlement was reached between the two families.  It’s not clear exactly what the agreement stipulated, however it was reported that Borgus’ sisters were only allowed supervised visits with the children as they had ‘bad-mouthed’ Beresford-Redman in front of them. It also stated that the former producer was not allowed to challenge for guardianship within a year of the agreement being signed.    

In a documentary for CBS News’ 48 Hours TV special, he said: I’ve been accused of a horrible, abhorrent crime and I’m innocent. I did not kill Monica.’

When the special was filmed in 2014, the Emmy award-winning producer had been on trial for two years – he would spend another year on trial.

He said that making the videos to ‘give a sense of what life is like here in hell’.

The producer said he'd agreed to film a prison diary to show 'what life is like here in hell'

The producer said he’d agreed to film a prison diary to show ‘what life is like here in hell’

He also said that in the middle of the night, he lies awake and thinks about his wife, Monica

He also said that in the middle of the night, he lies awake and thinks about his wife, Monica

The producer said he had no 'real friends' in prison, and that it was hard to trust anyone

The producer said he had no ‘real friends’ in prison, and that it was hard to trust anyone

He gave a sense of the filthy conditions, saying 'it's not a comfortable place to be'

He gave a sense of the filthy conditions, saying ‘it’s not a comfortable place to be’

‘Making these videos has made me more visible… my existence has become a basic struggle to survive.

‘The reality of reality television, even at its best, is a world that’s created. Being in here is real and it sucks – it’s noisy, it’s smelly, hot and cramped. It’s extremely uncomfortable.

‘This is not a comfortable place to be… it’s impossible to trust anyone.’

The clip also shows him in the middle of a prison riot, where people are seen standing on a roof and throwing concrete blocks. At one point, he said he had been sprayed with tear gas.

Beresford-Redmond said in the clip that not a day goes by that he didn’t think about his wife.

In one scene, he’s seen lying on a cell bed where he said: ‘It’s in the middle of the night when the prison is asleep. I lay awake and I miss Monica.’

At that point, Beresford-Redman had not seen his children for three years.

‘I don’t think that I could possibly convey what it’s like not to have seen my children for three years … everything I have worked for is gone. If I am convicted, I face 30 years in jail.’

Beresford-Redman was forced to sit inside a cage at his court hearing in prison in Cancun, Mexico

Beresford-Redman was forced to sit inside a cage at his court hearing in prison in Cancun, Mexico

Beresford-Redman (pictured at his trial in Cancun) was defended by his family who called his conviction a 'gross miscarriage of justice'

Beresford-Redman (pictured at his trial in Cancun) was defended by his family who called his conviction a ‘gross miscarriage of justice’ 

The body of the married mother of two was found in sewer cistern at luxury resort they were staying. Monica learned her husband had cheated on her, and the vacation was supposed to be an attempt to mend their marriage

The body of the married mother of two was found in sewer cistern at luxury resort they were staying. Monica learned her husband had cheated on her, and the vacation was supposed to be an attempt to mend their marriage

On Monday, when confronted by KTLA reporters Beresford-Redman said: ‘Thanks, I really have no comment. I appreciate your interest. Thank you. There’s no comment.’ 

Before his conviction, he was backed by his family who believed he was innocent. 

‘We are appalled and disgusted with this gross miscarriage of justice,’ the family stated in a Facebook post in 2015. 

‘Over an exhausting three and a half year period this trial has done nothing but prove Bruce’s innocence beyond any doubt.’ 

Burgos’ family felt the ‘Survivor’ producer was guilty from the start and said the marriage had broken down because Beresford-Redman was involved in an extra-marital affair.  

Burgos' sister, Jeane Burgos, attended the trial in Cancun. The family felt the 'Survivor' producer was guilty from the start and said the marriage had broken down with Beresford-Redman involved in an extra-marital affair

Burgos’ sister, Jeane Burgos, attended the trial in Cancun. The family felt the ‘Survivor’ producer was guilty from the start and said the marriage had broken down with Beresford-Redman involved in an extra-marital affair

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