The sentences of the two young Americans,
Lee Elder Finnegan
to 24 years in prison and
Gabriele Natale Hjorth
to 22 years, accused of killing the deputy sergeant of the carabinieri
Mario Cerciello Rega
in Rome on 26 July 2019 are to be confirmed .
This was requested by the Prosecutor of the Court of Cassation Francesca Loy in the hearing in progress before the First Criminal Section.
"Perhaps there was an underestimation by the two carabinieri who thought they were carrying out a normal action of recovering a backpack stolen by two kids" and instead "in 20 seconds Cerciello Rega was hit by 11 blows that there was no need to inflict since the two Americans had only been asked to stop".
This was underlined by the Pg of the Cassation Francesca Loy in the hearing in progress for the murder of Cerciello Rega.
"With consistent and reasonable motivation, the two sentences on the merits reconstruct the whole story" which led to the death of the carabiniere Mario Cerciello Rega "and the appeals by the defense of the two defendants do not move the reconstruction of what happened by an inch", Loy underlined in the indictment before the First Criminal Section which must decide whether or not to confirm the sentences for Lee Elder Finnegan (24 years in prison) and Gabriele Natale Hjorth (22 years) accused of voluntary homicide.
According to the Pg, the appeals of the defenses have already had "logical and congruous answers in the appeal" and propose again "alternative reconstructions and unquestionable judgments of fact in Cassation".
The only points of law, said Loy, concern "the lack of recognition of legitimate defense" supported by the lawyers, but it is a thesis not to be accepted as the two Americans "had already seen the two plainclothes carabinieri in Trastevere".
The other point concerns - explained the Pg - the configurability of the anomalous concurrence in murder.
In his opinion, however, we are faced with murder in full competition, already recognized by the judges of merit, given that "the material contribution that Hjorth has given to the affair has been indicated in a congruous way".
Elder was the "armed" young man, while Hjorth was "the organizer, he knew Italian".
The panel of supreme judges is chaired by Monica Bodi, the Public Prosecutor's Office of the Palazzaccio is represented by Pg Francesca Loy.
The verdict is expected in the evening.
"We were very satisfied with the two sentences of the previous levels of the judgment and we hope that our satisfaction will be confirmed today by the Cassation".
This was stated by the lawyer Massimo Ferrandino,
lawyer of Maria Rosaria Esilio, the wife of the deputy sergeant
of the carabinieri Mario Cerciello Rega, killed in Rome on 26 July 2019, arriving in Cassation for the hearing which must decide whether or not to confirm the sentences for the two young Americans accused of stabbing the soldier to death.
On appeal Finnegan Lee Elder and Gabriel Natale Hjorth, sentenced the first to 24 years in prison and the second to 22 years, sentences reduced in the second degree after the initial sentence to life imprisonment.
'There are still too many gaps in the reconstruction of what happened that evening and for this reason we are here in Cassation and we expect the appeal sentence to be quashed and there will be a new trial'.
This was stated by the lawyer
Roberto Capra, defender of Finnegan Lee Elder
sentenced to 24 years in prison for the murder of the deputy sergeant of the carabinieri Mario Cerciello Rega, which took place in Rome on 26 July 2019. Together with him he was sentenced to 22 years in prison Gabriele Natale Hjorth prison.
Both were sentenced to life imprisonment in the first instance.