Andreas S. with his defense attorney in the district court in mid-November
Photo: Uwe Anspach / dpa
The accused Andreas S. was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of two police officers near Kusel in Rhineland-Palatinate at the end of January.
The district court of Kaiserslautern also determined on Wednesday that the guilt was particularly serious.
A release of the 39-year-old after 15 years in prison is therefore ruled out.
A 24-year-old police officer and a 5-year-old police commissioner were shot in the head during the night-time crime on a remote county road in the western Palatinate.
The bloody deed during a vehicle inspection had caused horror across the country.
Florian V. found guilty of complicity in commercial poaching
The public prosecutor assumes that the main defendant wanted to cover up poaching with the crime.
At the time of the crime, 22 freshly shot deer are said to have been lying in the van.
The district court found the co-defendant Florian V. guilty of complicity in commercial poaching.
However, it refrained from punishment because the 33-year-old had already testified extensively before the trial began.
He was said to have contributed to the investigation of the crime.
The man is said to have helped remove the traces, but did not shoot.
The two men were arrested shortly after the crime in neighboring Saarland.
Particular severity of guilt
With the verdict, the court followed the request of the public prosecutor.
The prosecution had said that there were several elements of murder in the act and that the act had "executive character" - so the guilt was particularly serious.
The defense had pleaded for "a fair verdict," without making any specific demands.
From her point of view, the act was “not murder, at most bodily harm resulting in death”.
The verdict is not yet legally binding.