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Swedish rapper gets life for Hollywood killing

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 5 Mar 2010, 07:41

Published: 05 Mar 2010 07:41 GMT+01:00

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Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson rejected an application by Jassy's defence counsel to reduce the conviction to manslaughter, according to the LA Times.

The judge ruled that the brutality of the killing of John Osnes, a 55-year-old Norwegian-American jazz pianist, in an apparent road rage incident, together with Jassy's "phony" trial testimony citing self-defence, warranted the higher charge, the newspaper reports.

The rapper from Stockholm who performs under the stage name of David Monopoly, was convicted of the second degree murder of Osnes in February.

The rapper was returning from a nightclub on Sunset Strip with his girlfriend when he crossed paths with John Osnes, who was walking home from a bar.

Prosecutors say that Osnes banged on the bonnet of Jassy's rented SUV when he was stationary at a pedestrian crossing.

Jassy then leaped out of his vehicle and punched the 55-year-old pianist. When Osnes bent down to retrieve his glasses, Jassy kicked him in the face.

The Swede then climbed back into his vehicle and ran over his victim, leaving the scene, with Osnes fighting for his life on the pavement.

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According to the terms of Jassy's mandatory sentence he will eligible for parole in 2024, when he is 49-years-old.

Jassy, who has an 11-year-old son in Sweden, filed an appeal against his conviction on Thursday.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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08:14 March 5, 2010 by peropaco
Great sentence. Now he can sharpen his tough guy skills with the other inmates and see who is tougher. I am sure he is feeling real sorry now.
09:56 March 5, 2010 by Blackman_for_Blondes
Good, hes bad news
10:00 March 5, 2010 by kateland
That's how it is done in America. You kill someone you actually get have to do a proper jail term...unlike in Sweden.
10:50 March 5, 2010 by zooeden
Agreed, here its 4 years and if you behave its like 2...
10:50 March 5, 2010 by mombassa
Yeah, he sure looks "Swedish".
11:10 March 5, 2010 by hpunlimited
Great, too bad it was only 2nd degree murder, he got out of the car, kicked him in the face and then ran him over with his SUV on purpose. That is 1st degree murder in my book. Lets just hope that they keep him in the US jail and do not transfer this monster to a Swedish prison.
11:45 March 5, 2010 by Benzzz
... maybe he thought he was in Sweden, where he'd be sentenced to a psychiatric home for wilful murder.
11:53 March 5, 2010 by Frobobbles
He is of course not swedish.
12:12 March 5, 2010 by swedeheart
Yes, the American treatment of criminals is way better than the Swedish, that's why the crime rates in America is much lower than in Sweden. Oh, hold on a second...
12:15 March 5, 2010 by planet.sweden
'mombassa' are you suggested a swedish looking person wouldn't be capable of this?

Read on..

One morning last year I was crossing a street running alongside Karlavagen via a pedestrian crossing when a silver Porsche SUV sped right up to me so that his huge bonnet was just a few inches from my chest! Very aggressive, very intimidating! I too slapped the top of his bonnet in irritation then carried on along Karlavagen.

The next thing I knew the silver SUV swung up against me and out jumped this large but sterio-typical Ostermalmie Swede (all green padded jacket, swept back hair etc etc) who strode straight up to and threw a punch straight at my face - which fortunately I managed to duck! His Swedish % ) friend sat passively in SUV watching all this like it was quite normal. He then sneered and turned back to his vehicle.

I took his number plate and subsequently looked the guy up. He was the 35 year old CEO of a local company employing about 25 people and serving many of Sweden's biggest companies eg Tele2 etc.

No I didn't bother with the Swedish police as the last night I troubled them the bored officer at Ostermalm nick told me they were just so "busy" they were no longer investigating any crime which carried a sentence of less than 2 years. Which in Sweden is just about every crime in the book.

I suspect the main link between my attacker and Mr Monopoly in Los Angeles is something called Cocaine. That and friends who are prepared to sit passively by supporting animals who behave like this.
12:29 March 5, 2010 by Baroness_Fredericks
So little time given for a life lost by meaness and stupidity. What exactly is a life worth? Not very much to politicians and many others, it seems. Abortions still take millions of babies lives without a care. That too is murder no matter how you view it. So, this man must stay in his grave for eternity and his killer is allowed food, bed and comfort at the tax payers dime. I say eye for an eye. We have become too passive and noncaring for the proper things that made us great. We allow too many of the wrong people dictate to our feelings and shun the people we should focus on. The victoms! If it were your child, your mother, your father or any other loved one who someone murdered why would you be so compassionate? Compassion is earned by either merit or innocence. Not by murder and intent to create mayhem. No justice makes mankind animals.
12:51 March 5, 2010 by Roy E
The moral of this story is: If you're gonna murder someone, do it in Sweden. Americans place too high value on life to make murder worthwhile there (unless you have millions to hire enough corrupt laywers, which, of course, is true anywhere)
12:53 March 5, 2010 by here for the summer
Glad to hear neither I nor my kids will have to worry about running into this animal in either LA or Stockholm .

In my mind this is what longer sentences are about keeping law abiding people safe from predators like this guy .
13:08 March 5, 2010 by Globalnomad
Being an LA native I can tell you that he's in for one hell of a ride at LA County Jail . He thought he was a bad ass in Stockholm ... well David, you're in for quite a wake up call. Crips and Bloods and La Eme ( Mexican mafia ) and Aryan Nation all mixed together. You can't be coming to my town killing people bro !
13:11 March 5, 2010 by peropaco
I heard Swedish Judges are planning to file a complaint about the harsh American penal system ;-).. They will argue that a crime like that in Sweden would have carried a maximum of two years in prison and it is unfair one of their nationals has to be subjected to such barbaric sentence. The future prime minister Mona Salope will raise the complain herself in the UN
13:27 March 5, 2010 by Roy E
@15 peropaco

They think it a barbaric sentence? How Odd. I tend to view the rape wave the Swedish government has invited into the country barbaric, especially when it is innocents instead of the guilty that are on the receiving end of the 'barbarism. The moral inversion of Swedish judges and politicians seems rather complete.
13:54 March 5, 2010 by hpunlimited
Lets compare this to the Annika Östberg case. She sat like 30 years in a california prison and was "lucky" to be transferred to Sweden. This woman didn't even kill anyone, she was just present in the car when he boyfriend shot someone. In this case David Moses was the killer, he should sit in prison way longer than Östberg for this, if not get the death penalty.
14:13 March 5, 2010 by tigger007
Mr.dave is really lucky he wasn't in texas he would have recieved 20 to 45yrs.what he did was wrong and he knows this america as we all know they don't play around.people who are in the rap stuff in europe think that having a police charge is street REP. you pay the price to having street REP in america with serious jail time. i lived in SD and LBC and @globalnomad he will get a rud awaking when he put on those county orange outfit. Mr.dave is gonna have to own up or get owned up and when they find out that he is from sweden ooooh snap,let the games begin. the appeal that the lawyers and maybe the swedish goverment will ask for will be unheard. that man Mr.dave killed was a somebody and the community will not stand for him not doing his time in jail.cali did sweden a big favor by letting the anna lady come home and if Mr.dave was to come home he will have to due atleast 15yrs.
14:55 March 5, 2010 by sissygirl
Annika Ostberg had quite a rap sheet before her boyfrined killed 2 people in her presence. She wasn't an innocent bystander in that case either.
15:14 March 5, 2010 by calebian22

Annika Östberg participated in crimes where two people died, a restaurant owner and a police officer. The intent of her and her boyfriend was to kill. In this instance, the defense could and probably did argue that murder was not the intent. 15 to life is reasonable in California as was Annika's 25 years to life sentence.
16:57 March 5, 2010 by hpunlimited
Sorry, but if you jump out of the car, hit someone in the face so they fall to the ground, then proceed to kick them in the head when they are trying to look for their glasses so they pass out. Then proceed into the car so you can premeditated run the person over with your car. Then it is murder. Annika Östberg may not be innocent, but her boyfriend killed these 2 people, she didn't force him to do it, she didn't hold the murder weapon. David Moses guilt is clear!

According to California law, a car is a weapon, just as much as a AK-47, no difference.
17:43 March 5, 2010 by calebian22
Yes of course a car is a weapon, however, intent to murder is harder to prove with a car than with firearms, plus only one person died not two. Since you seem to think you are an expert on California law, try looking up the word "accessory." You will find that Annika's sentence was not unreasonable.
18:34 March 5, 2010 by slickscott
Yep as a resident of Texas I can honestly say that and the fact that your car never rusts here (doesnt snow so no need for salt on the roads) are the only good things about Texas. But back to my main thought: THere are rappers in Sweden??????? LMFAO
19:56 March 5, 2010 by wxman
@Swedeheart; "Yes, the American treatment of criminals is way better than the Swedish, that's why the crime rates in America is much lower than in Sweden. Oh, hold on a second...'

Not too long ago you would have been right. The formerly homogenous, single culture Swedish society was relatively peaceful. However, as Sweden becomes more diversified and multi-cultural, it has experienced an ever-increasing crime rate as low-lifes from around the planet make their way to your shores. So now, you can join America in "celebrating diversity"!
22:44 March 5, 2010 by BLADESKATER00
You got it right--he of course is NOT Swedish--this murderer should NEVER get out of prison! The so called celebration of diversity is only celebrated by a very small minority--the minority of fools. Homogeneous cultures work very well--Sweden has brought a Trojan horse into their midst--and it is ruining them--and yes the same is happening in The United States.
23:20 March 5, 2010 by DAVID T
Mr tough guy Monopoly will be somebody's bitch by now
01:16 March 6, 2010 by telzey
A well-deserved sentence for such a barbaric crime. It wasn't enough for him to beat poor Mr. Osnes up and drive away. No, he had to then RUN HIM OVER. That's a clear sign of premeditation. He's lucky he didn't get the death penalty. Mr. Osnes was a very well-known and very well-loved person in the Hollywood community, and I'm glad that his senseless death is being avenged. In LA County Jail and Pelican Bay Prison Mr. Monopoly is going to finally get the chance to be the tough guy he thought he was when he was behind the wheel of his SUV. I think he's going to learn we have a whole different definition of tough here in the US.
03:35 March 6, 2010 by Globalnomad
One thing's for sure after 15+ years in the California State Prison System he'll be a much better rapper ...
04:56 March 6, 2010 by telzey
Anyway, enough time spent discussing this piece of human garbage. Here is a link to a memorial site for his victim, John Osnes. You will see from the many tributes how greatly loved and respected he was. You will also be able to see from his picture that he could not possibly have intimidated Jassy or made him feel in danger.

07:45 March 6, 2010 by johnnyrebel
Fascinating discussion...certainly a heinous and unnecessary act of violence.

In many ways America is a society and culture that promotes and romanticizes violence. The culture of Hollywood with all of the cowboy and Indian movies, war movies and gangster movies must have an effect on viewers after so many years. Washingtons promotion of wars without end. After leaving…it feels like you are being deprogrammed...suddenly you don't need your daily dose of violence. You find yourself being repulsed by it. Now this rapper and hip-hop culture are blatantly promoted in entertainment…this human species is being desensitized to irrational violence.

For those of you touting such an effective criminal justice system…it begs the question. Why so much violence?
08:31 March 6, 2010 by Globalnomad
The above remark should be added to the list " You know you've been in Sweden too long when ... "
09:43 March 6, 2010 by hjoian
i dont know how many swedes have commented about this sentence being the right thing for this scumbag. If you feel the sentences here are too soft,then do something about it.....
09:59 March 6, 2010 by peropaco
@Johnnyboy. If Americas is a society that promotes and romanticizes violence; Sweden is a society that rewards violent crimes with its brain dead legal system. Two years ago a friend was purposely run over and killed in Stureplan by two guys who just wanted to kill a black man. Two pretty boys from Östermalm. Guess what their sentence was???? Anyone out there wishing to bump off someone, should invite that person to Sweden and commit the crime here. At most you will get two and a half years in a country club with all the amenities.
11:55 March 6, 2010 by Tommysixtoes
For BLADESKATER00 (and frobobbles)- What's the Trojan horse in America and Sweden? Why don't you just come out in the open and say what you mean instead of hiding behind your "homogeneous" comments. Why can't you just say, "I'm a racist and believe that the guy is not blond haired and blue eyed and is therefore not Swedish". I've got news for you Blader, America was founded by the Trojan horse. Less than 1% of America is populated by Native Americans, but I doubt you would consider them "American" since they don't look like Barbie and Ken. The guy is a murderer, no different than anyone else who takes a life, regardless of race. I'm glad to see that most of the comments on here don't share your sentiment.
16:43 March 6, 2010 by telzey
@Johnnyrebel - WHy would you posit a causal relation between a country's justice system and levels of violence in society? There is no direct relation between the two. Giving out realistic sentences for murder, as we do, will have no effect on the level of violence in a society, since violence has other causes. In any event, crime rates have been plummeting in the US for the last 20 years, particularly violent crime, for reasons no one can really explain.

As for "wars on end", I don't see the relevance of that to the issue of a murder sentence.

Rap music does romanticize violence. So why is it so popular in Sweden? A country supposedly without it?

Smug much?
18:29 March 6, 2010 by bloozshooz
Bend over, ese -- welcome to LA
21:43 March 6, 2010 by here for the summer
It has been pointed out correctly here that there is no relationship between country crime rate and sentence length. Although I äm not sure it holds across societies or that it will hold as Sweden become more diverse.. The one think that is clearly true is that in both Sweden and the US there are some people who either due to mental illness or some other reason are criminal in their thinking and actions. It certainly seems that is the case with this rapper. The lönger these individuals are in prison the less crimes they commit. I support long sentences for career criminals for that reason.
08:52 March 7, 2010 by wenddiver
I can't waite for his new album about prison rape and what a pain it is being a victim for 15 years, for a change.
09:47 March 7, 2010 by johnnyrebel
Globalnomad… " The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought."

Peropaco…you say…Anyone out there wishing to bump off someone, should invite that person to Sweden and commit the crime here.

I can think of a number of reasons to invite someone to Sweden but I have to admit…bumping them off would be dead last. I don't understand the sentencing structure either…I am pretty sure it is a culture thing. Strange as it seems…it sort of works here. I wonder about the rehabilitation rate, though.

Telzey… from your tone I probably would be wasting both of our time trying to explain to you what I was getting at. Mostly, I was questioning a couple of things about society. Is that allowed in your book these days? But you say, among other things…In any event, crime rates have been plummeting in the US for the last 20 years, particularly violent crime, for reasons no one can really explain. I have just one more question, sir…Why are the prisons so full?

One thing is for certain…this bad guy is going to walk the walk now.
17:37 March 7, 2010 by norling
The prisons are full because of the war on drugs, in some states they have been forced to give murderers and rapists early releases to make room for pot smokers.
02:54 March 8, 2010 by Greg in Canada
The American "war on drugs" is a joke, but this guy is a murderer. Put him away for a long time. He's garbage.
14:45 March 8, 2010 by norling
Where does his rage come from? Snorting coke maybe but there has to be some serious deep seated rage.
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