Seventeen years in prison for two murders and one attempted murder. This is the verdict of the Assize Court of Asti in the trial of Mario Roggero, the jeweler from La Morra, in the province of Cuneo, now 68 years old, accused of the murder of 58-year-old Giuseppe Mazzarino and 44-year-old Andrea Spinelli. They are two of the three robbers who broke into his shop on April 28, 2021, in the Gallo hamlet of Grinzane Cavour di Cuneo. The third, Alessandro Modica, wounded in the leg, managed to escape and was arrested a few hours later. Prosecutor Davide Greco had asked for a sentence of 14 years.
"The word defense clashes with a video in which we saw an execution," prosecutor Davide Greco said in the indictment. Roggero claimed he fired four shots at the robbers' parked car because he feared the bandits had kidnapped his wife. "I had walked past her with the gun in my hand, without seeing her. Even now I was amazed when I saw the footage, I don't have that frame in my head."
"Roggero thought he had to fight on equal terms to free his wife from the grip of the robbers," his lawyer, Dario Bolognesi, also insisted, asking for acquittal for putative self-defense and highlighting the trauma resulting from a previous robbery: "All psychiatrists have detected disharmonious personality traits in Roggero, speaking of 'rigidity' and aspects attributable to a paranoid personality."
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