Teens in killing spree sentenced to nine years

13th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

13 July 2007, Schwerin, Germany (dpa) - Two German schoolboys who stabbed a married couple to death in a killing spree in January were both jailed Thursday for nine-and-a-half years.

13 July 2007

Schwerin, Germany (dpa) - Two German schoolboys who stabbed a married couple to death in a killing spree in January were both jailed Thursday for nine-and-a-half years.

The sentence was six months short of the maximum for minors under German law. The defendants, both 17, admitted the charges in a youth court which was closed to the public and the media.

The 17-year-old son of the couple, 46 and 41, knew the attackers. He hid as they invaded his home in the small town of Tessin, east of Hamburg, and brutally killed his parents.

During the two-hour Saturday-night rampage, they forced a girl, 15, to accompany them and stole the victims' car. Armed police talked the youths into surrendering.

The state court in Schwerin convicted the youths of murder, robbery causing death and hostage-taking.

News reports said the youths had been popular at school and academically good. Defence lawyers suggested in court that the youths had been influenced by violent videos and computer games.

DPA

Subject: German news

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