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(photo credit: Reuters/Benoit Tessier)
Judges in the Haifa District Court sentenced a minor to 20 years in prison
Sunday for murder, a year after he shot and killed a kiosk owner during a
The defendant, who was 17 years and 11 months old when he shot
store worker Riad Kial dead last December, admitted the charges against him in
October – after the murder trial was already underway. The defendant’s name
cannot be published because he was a minor at the time of the
Judges Yosef Elron, Menahem Raniel and Moshe Gilad also
sentenced the defendant to four years imprisonment for robbery, two years of
which will run concurrently with his 20-year murder sentence.
being sentenced, the defendant stood up in court and made a statement in which
he begged for forgiveness.
“I regret what I did,” the defendant, now aged
19, said. “I did not sleep all night, I dream about [Kial] all the
time. I beg for your forgiveness and I appeal to the court to help
However, passing sentence, the judges said the defendant’s actions
had been “ugly and cruel,” and he had shot Kial even after the kiosk worker
posed no threat to him, and in doing so had destroyed a young
Although the penalty for murder is life in prison, the judges said
because the defendant was a minor at the time of the offense and because he
admitted his role in the crime, they had decided not to impose a life
According to the indictment, last December the defendant and
another minor decided to rob a Stop Market kiosk in the Western Galilee, and
equipped themselves with two illegal handguns.
At around 1 a.m., the two
youths entered the kiosk with the loaded guns.
They ordered the man
working the night shift, 23-year-old Kial, to hand over all the store’s cash
takings. Kial complied, but the defendant’s accomplice grabbed him and forced
him into the kiosk’s liquor storehouse.
A struggle ensued, during which
Kial tried to escape. The indictment alleged the defendant then decided to shoot
and kill Kial, in order that he and his accomplice could get away with the
stolen cash. According to the law, a murder conviction requires that the prosecution prove beyond reasonable doubt that a killing was premeditated.
defendant shot Kial three times, then made off with the store’s cash
The kiosk worker was killed instantly.
Soon after the
shooting, police arrested the defendant and his accomplice, who is being tried
The court noted on Sunday that though the defendant had
expressed remorse, he also said he had not planned to kill Kial, that the
bullets had “just come out” of the gun and that he should therefore have been
charged with manslaughter, not murder.