Russia: 5 teens jailed for killing Jew with cross

February 9, 2007 12:43

A Russian court on Friday sentenced five teenagers to prison terms for beating a Jewish man, dragging him to a cemetery and fatally stabbing him with metal cemetery cross, a court official said. The Yekaterinburg Regional Court convicted the five of murder motivated by ethnic hatred, sentencing four of them to terms ranging from 5-7 years and one other to 10 years in a prison colony, court secretary Yekaterina Maslennikova said. Prosecutors said the five, ranging in age from 12 to 17, were drunk on Oct. 1, 2005, when they encountered a 21-year-old Jewish man and attacked him. After the man fell to the ground, the group took a metal cross from a grave headstone and stabbed him.

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