In the trial of a triple murder in Starnberg, the Munich II Regional Court sentenced the main defendant to 13 years in prison. A co-defendant got eight years and six months.
After about a year and a half of proceedings, the court considered it proven that the main defendant, now 22 years old, shot his friend and his parents in January 2020. The man made a full confession a year ago. He also admitted that he wanted to get through the murders to get the guns his pal illegally owned to sell. According to the public prosecutor's office, his 21-year-old roommate had planned the murder of their common friend and had driven the main perpetrator to the crime scene.
The prosecution had demanded high juvenile sentences for murder for both defendants. In her plea, she spoke out in favor of 13 years and six months in prison and the reservation of preventive detention.
The request was unusual. Because the public prosecutor's office had demanded the same punishment for the 22-year-old German, who had admitted the crime, as for the 21-year-old Slovak, who was not present at the crime scene. The co-defendant is said to have only driven the perpetrator to the crime scene and picked him up. In addition, in juvenile criminal law there is a maximum sentence of ten years for murder. If adolescents between the ages of 18 and 21 are convicted under juvenile criminal law, up to 15 years is only possible in rare cases in the case of murder with a particularly serious degree of guilt.
Nevertheless, the lawyer for the main defendant in his pleading remained only slightly below the demand of the prosecution. He spoke out in favor of twelve years in prison for his client.
The accused himself was repentant. "I agree with my lawyers, I wanted to apologize to all relatives, even though I know that my actions are not excusable," he said in his last word on Monday morning. The co-defendant's defense had asked for acquittal of the murder charge and admitted only involvement in the planning of an armed robbery.
The fact also made headlines because the investigators initially assumed that the son had shot his parents and then himself.