TVER, September 21. /TASS/. Moscow resident Sergey Yegorov, convicted for murdering nine people in a village near Tver on September 12, has appealed to court to reduce his life sentence to 20 years in prison, Tver Regional Court told TASS on Thursday.
“He [Yegorov] asked to decrease [his life sentence] to the maximum jail term,” the court said.
According to Russian law, maximum cumulative sentence for several crimes under the same article of the Russian Criminal Code cannot exceed 20 years. Life sentence is given as an exceptional measure of punishment.
Yegorov’s lawyer Timofey Shcherbakov earlier said that he and the defendant planned to appeal the verdict.
Overnight into June 4, Yegorov shot nine people dead from a hunting carbine near the village of Redkino, Konakovo District, Tver Region. He was arrested in the act by a local police officer and a traffic police officer.
The investigation found that in the evening of June 3 Yegorov was drinking alcohol with village dwellers. A conflict sparked between them, and Yegorov left the company. He came home, took a carbine, returned to the house and shot the offenders dead. One woman, Marina Konygina, managed to hide in the house, which saved her life.
The Investigative Committee charged Yegorov under article of the Russian Criminal Code “Murder of two or more people.” Mental examination recognized him as criminally sane.
On September 12, Tver District Court found Yegorov guilty of mass killing and gave him a life sentence. According to the verdict, he will spend the first five years in prison and then will be transferred to a high-security penal colony.