Two American tourists convicted to life sentence for murdering Italian cop
Two Americans, Finnegan Lee Elder and Gabriel Natale-Hjorth, were convicted in Rome for killing an Italian police officer.
A jury in Rome found 21-year-old Elder and 20-year-old Natale-Hjorth, tourists from California, guilty of homicide, attempted extortion and other offenses for stabbing to death Vice Brigadier Mario Cerciello Rega.
In court, their defense was built up on the version that no one of them knew that Rega was a cop and they acted in self-defense. Both said that they though Rega and his partner Andrea Varriale were crook who wanted to attack and rob them in the dark of the street. The cops were plainclothes on that night.
Elder stabbed 35-year-old Riga 11 times and Natale-Hjorth hid the murder weapon, the jury found. Natale-Hjorth was found as guilty as Elder because according to Italian law, an accomplice can be charged with murder too.