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Life in prison for Malmö sniper Peter Mangs

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Life in prison for Malmö sniper Peter Mangs
09:28 CET+01:00
Serial sniper Peter Mangs was sentenced to life in prison by the Malmö District Court on Friday for murder and attempted murder.

He was sentenced for two murders, five attempted murders and three cases of making aggravated illegal threats. He has been ordered to pay damages of over 1.1 million kronor ($165,000).

According to the court, Mangs's crimes displayed "extreme recklessness and a complete lack of empathy for other people".

"Based on the forensic psychiatric evidence presented in the case, Peter Mangs didn't suffer from any serious mental illness at the time of the deeds or during examinations. Thus there is no reason to give him special treatment when it comes to his punishment," the court wrote in a statement.

Mangs's lawyer Jesper Montan was unsurprised by the verdict.

“We've known for a long time that Mangs would get a tough penalty,” he told the TT news agency.

RELATED GALLERY: Malmö residents react to the Mangs sentence

Earlier this month, Mangs had accused a lay judge who heard the case of bias and demanded a retrial, but hie request was rejected.

Mangs was arrested in November 2010 after a string of shootings that took place in Malmö against people of immigrant origin.

He was charged with killing two men of immigrant origin, aged 23 and 66, in 2003 and a 20-year-old Swedish woman who had been sitting in a car with an immigrant man in 2009.

He was also charged with 12 attempted murders in which he fired numerous shots with his Glock 19 pistol at homes, businesses and cars as well as out in the open, seriously injuring a number of people and coming close to killing many others.

In July, after a highly publicized trial and a lengthy criminal investigation, the court ruled that he was guilty of 13 of the charges.

Mangs's lawyer told TT his client would have the final say on whether to appeal the verdict, and while no decision had yet been taken, he assumed Mangs would likely launch an appeal.

Meanwhile, residents of Malmö welcomed the verdict for a man who had terrorized their city for years before his arrest.

"It was a frightening time when Mangs was at large particularly for women. I spoke about it a lot with my family," Stefan Eldevall, 39, told The Local.

"When he was caught it was a big relief...now he has been given life which, to be honest, is the only obvious sentence."

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