Ex-soldiers convicted of killing Chilean singer Victor Jara

Ex-soldiers convicted of killing Chilean singer Victor Jara
FILE - In this undated file photo, Chilean singer and songwriter Victor Jara poses for a portrait in an unknown location in Chile. A judge in Chile has sentenced eight retired soldiers to 18 years in prison for the kidnapping and murder of the well-known folklorist, which occurred during the chaotic first days of Chile's 1973 coup, according to the court's communications office on Tuesday, July 4, 2018. (AP Photo, File)

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A Chilean judge has sentenced eight retired military officers to 18 years in prison for the kidnapping and murder of folk singer Victor Jara and a government official at the start of the country’s military dictatorship.

The office of the court system says a ninth veteran was sentenced to five years for cover-up.

The Marxist folk singer was seized in the hours after Gen. Augusto Pinochet overthrew socialist President Salvador Allende on Sept. 11, 1973. He was taken the country’s main soccer stadium where he was tortured and killed.

Allende’s prisons chief Littre Quiroga also was killed.

The ruling announced Tuesday can be appealed.

More than 3,000 people were slain during the 1973-90 dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, and most of those crimes remain unsolved.