ROME (AP) – An Italian prosecutor on Saturday requested for all times imprisonment for 2 younger American males accused of killing an Italian policeman in central Rome.
Prosecutor Maria Sabina Calabretta requested the courtroom to search out the 2 defendants – Finnegan Lee Elder, 21, and Gabriel Natale-Hjorth, 20 – responsible and to impose Italy’s most sentence for July 26, 2019, at stabbing to Vice Brigadier Mario Cerciello Rega. Calabretta known as the assault “disproportionate and lethal”.
The protection will current its arguments from March 18, earlier than the courtroom guidelines on the decision and the sentence.
The 2 People had been on trip in Rome once they had been confronted by a pair of plainclothes Carabinieri officers in what the couple believed was a reunion with the intermediary in a cocaine deal gone awry.
Elder claimed self-defense, testifying this month that he stabbed the sufferer as a result of he feared he can be strangled by a thug.
Cerciello Rega, 35, and his accomplice had been tasked with responding to what prosecutors allege was a small-scale American extortion try, after pals paid for cocaine they did not have acquired. In retaliation, the People ripped off the intermediary’s backpack along with his cellphone inside and arrange a date to alternate it for the 80 euros ($ 96) they misplaced within the unsuitable deal. drug.
Cerciello Rega’s accomplice Andrea Varriale stated he tried to cease the blood from flowing like a ‘fountain’ from his accomplice. The killed officer, who was unarmed, was stabbed 11 occasions.
Varriale additionally testified that he heard his accomplice shout “Carabinieri!” because the elder and the slain officer struggled on the street.
However Elder informed the courtroom he hadn’t heard any figuring out screams.