A Norwegian court found the mass murderer sane and slammed him with a maximum sentence
A Norwegian court has sentenced mass murderer Anders Breivik, who bombed and shot to death 77 people in 2011, to 21 years in prison after determining the killer was sane.
Mr. Breivik’s mental status at the time of the crime was critical to the court’s decision, and the killer, who admitted to the attacks, had promised not to appeal the ruling only if he was found sane.
He said before the ruling, a psychiatric care would be “worse than death.”
The ruling, given by five judges on Friday, met that requirement and Mr. Breivik smiled as the sentence was given.
The July 2011 massacre was amongst the Scandinavian country’s worst. Mr. Breivik set up a bomb near a government building in the Oslo killing eight people, before traveling to Utoeya Island to fire automatic weapons at youth attending a camp meeting, killing 69 and wounding over 240.
He said the killings were to stop the attempt by the country’s ruling labour party at “Islamizing” the conservative nation and promoting multiculturalism.
He was convicted of terrorism and premeditated murder and was given 21 years’ jail term.
Norwegian legal system does not allow for capital punishment and life term. However, Mr. Breivik’s punishment, referred to as “preventive detention” meant for criminals considered dangerous to the society, may be extended if he deemed to remain a danger.
The trial, which began in March, lasted 10 weeks.