Bruce Beresford-Redman, a former producer on reality series Survivor, has been released from a Mexican prison after spending years behind bars in connection with the death of his wife.
The TV producer was convicted in the killing of his wife Mónica Burgos during a family vacation with their two children in 2010. Her naked and beaten body was found in a septic tank at a Cancun resort, on what would have been her 42nd birthday.
Investigators said at the time that Burgos died following a violent confrontation with her husband, and the case made international headlines.
Beresford-Redman, now 48, maintained his innocence throughout the investigation. In a 48 Hours television special, he insisted he’d done nothing wrong.
“I’ve been accused of a horrible, abhorrent crime and I’m innocent,” he stated. “I did not kill Mónica.”
He returned home to Southern California, but was arrested in November 2010 and extradited to Mexico. He was found guilty and sentenced to 12 years in prison. His release comes after serving just over seven years.
Los Angeles TV station KTLA 5 caught up with Beresford-Redman Monday night outside his home.
“Thanks, I really have no comment. I appreciate your interest,” he told a news reporter. “Thank you. There’s no comment.”
Meantime, NBC 4 interviewed some of his neighbors, who appeared shocked by his release.
“I’m surprised and I’m disappointed,” neighbor Maria Doll told the TV station. “At least you should be old and gray by the time you get out.”
Beresford-Redman was released on June 20, with credit for good behavior. He also paid $2,000 in restitution.
The NBC affiliate station said it interviewed his former attorney in Mexico, who said by phone that under Mexican law, prisoners are eligible for release after serving 60 percent of a sentence.
Since Beresford-Redman spent nearly a year in jail in Los Angeles before he was extradited, he qualified for early release.
In addition to Survivor, Beresford-Redman’s other TV credits include the reality shows Pimp My Ride and The Restaurant.