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Annika Östberg gets her day in Swedish court

TT/The Local · 8 Nov 2009, 12:40

Published: 08 Nov 2009 12:40 GMT+01:00

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Östberg Deasy, who was convicted of the first degree murder of a restaurant owner and a police officer in 1981, will appear in front of Örebro District Court on Monday and present her arguments for being cleared to begin the process of parole.

This is the first time Östberg Deasy is to appear in front of a Swedish court and the event has generated a great deal of media and public interest in her case.

Östberg Deasy was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murders by a California court and was transferred to Sweden to complete her sentence in April 2009.

"Annika is very prepared and motivated. She thinks that it will nice to have her case heard. She is at the same time a little nervous of appearing in Sweden for the first time," her legal counsel Johan Östlund told the TT news agency.

Östberg Deasy has requested that her lifetime prison sentence be changed to a fixed term penalty as a step to her release after more than 28 years in US and Swedish prisons.

Sweden's Prison and Probation Service (Kriminalvården) has already given approval to having Östberg Deasy’s sentence reduced and sees no reason to deny her an early release.

The National Board of Forensic Medicine (Rättsmedicinalverket), however, believes there is a medium-high risk that Östberg Deasy would relapse into a life of crime, an assessment which could complicate her bid to convince the court to approve her request.

According to the medical agency, Östberg would need a long transitional period before she could be set free.

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Johan Östlund argues that Östberg Deasy has shown in various treatment programmes over a period of several years that there is nor risk for a return to drug and alcohol abuse.

Östlund argues that the prison and probation service has made a reasonable assessment of her prospects for reintegration into society.

"Annika hopes to be free in the summer of 2010," he concluded.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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18:41 November 8, 2009 by Rebel
"Sweden's Prison and Probation Service (Kriminalvården) has already given approval to having Östberg Deasy's sentence reduced and sees no reason to deny her an early release."

Well Hell yeah! These jokers have that attitude towards all violent offenders. Now if you cheat on your taxes that's a different matter.
09:43 November 9, 2009 by Weekend_warrior
28 years in prison...That's basically 28 years more than she ever would have gotten in Sweden.

I kid, but it's about 3 times as long. Seeing as one of the people she murdered was a cop, I'd call the United States being soft, for letting her be transfered back to Sweden. Probably has to do with California being broke, stupid politics. She should be happy she wasn't given the death penalty, which I checked, was reapplied starting in 1977.

Note: Manson was convicted when California did not have the death penalty, which is why he still resides there.

Well, regardless of whether she is still a threat to society, or capable of living amongst the general public, this is a very important case for Sweden. They have to think about the image they are sending out, if they choose to release her.
12:47 November 9, 2009 by Streja
The article is wrong. She is not serving her sentence in the USA anymore.
13:21 November 9, 2009 by Beynch
This vicious murderess does not deserve her day in Court. She had that already. Rättsmedicinalverket has it right! Keep her locked up until she meets her maker.
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