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Swedish rapper gets life for Hollywood killing

A Los Angeles court on Thursday sentenced 35-year-old Swedish hip-hop artist David Moses Jassy, aka Monopoly, to 15 years to life imprisonment for the murder of a jazz pianist in Hollywood in November 2008.

Swedish rapper gets life for Hollywood killing

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.

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.

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ALMEDALEN 2022

Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden. 

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