Family upset that US youths get Italy’s harshest sentence
ROME (AP) — When prosecutors sought indictment of two American teenagers for the fatal 2019 stabbing in Rome of an Italian paramilitary officer, they described them as being in cahoots from start to finish.
That was even though only one defendant wielded the knife in what their lawyers steadfastly contended was in self-defense. When their trial ended more than 14 months later, the jury convicted both on all charges and sentenced them to life imprisonment, Italy’s harshest punishment.
A lawyer for one defendants’ family called the ruling “a mockery of justice.” He lamented that the two young Americans got a sentence in Italy that is often meted out to mob bosses who have ordered premeditated assassinations.