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Wed May 5, 2021, 08:14 PM

2 Americans sentenced to life for murder of Rome police officer

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Source: UPI

MAY 5, 2021 / 7:30 PM

By Danielle Haynes



Gabriel Natale-Hjorth (R) and Finnegan Lee Elder (L), both from the United States, received the harshest possible sentence for the murder of a Rome police officer. File Photo by Alessandra Tarantino/EPA-EFE

May 5 (UPI) -- An Italian jury on Wednesday convicted two Americans in the 2019 murder of a police officer in Rome and sentenced both to life in prison.

Finnegan Elder, 21, of San Francisco, and Gabriel Natale-Hjorth, 20, of Marin County, Calif., each received the harshest possible sentence for the slaying of Deputy Brig. Cerciello Rega, 35.

The Washington Post reported the verdict is likely to be appealed.

Rega died from stab wounds in what has been described as a drug deal gone wrong. He was stabbed eight times on July 26, 2019, in Rome near a hotel where the two Americans were staying at the time.

Rega and his partner were trying to retrieve a backpack Finnegan Elder and Natale-Hjorth had taken after a cocaine deal gone wrong.

The backpack belonged to a man the two men had met earlier that evening and who had acted as a go-between with a drug dealer.

Read more: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2021/05/05/italy-Americans-Rome-police-officer-murder/3251620250417/?ur3=1

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Reply 2 Americans sentenced to life for murder of Rome police officer (Original post)
Judi Lynn May 5 OP
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 09:03 PM

1. Well done, Italy.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 09:24 PM

2. Not that this trial would have mattered...

If the verdict wasn't what the prosecution wants, they would have appealed this "not guilty" verdict until they got the desired outcome.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 10:14 PM

3. My heart goes out to that cop and his family.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #3)

Wed May 5, 2021, 11:29 PM

5. He had just gotten married about 6 weeks before. n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed May 5, 2021, 11:08 PM

4. Life in prison in Italy means 8-20 years

Good chance both these dipshits will be deported back to California before they're 35.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 01:00 AM

6. Absent drug illegality, this crime would not have happened.

Legalize.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu May 6, 2021, 01:37 AM

7. Locking

Dupe of https://www.democraticunderground.com/10142739232

Please continue discussion in that thread.

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