After the violent death of a former Berlin pastor, a third defendant has been sentenced to eleven and a half years in prison. The regional court in the capital found the 24-year-old guilty of joint murder on Friday. Because the man who confessed had provided significant educational assistance and named a fourth alleged accomplice, he was not sentenced to life imprisonment.

The 77-year-old victim was attacked in his apartment at the end of June 2020. The senior was beaten and smothered with a pillow. The former pastor was found dead a few days later in his apartment in Berlin-Moabit. The public prosecutor assumes a murder out of greed.

The 24-year-old had confessed and explained that he had gone to the senior with two accomplices. You would have thought he wasn’t home. The man was initially pushed and beaten, according to the 24-year-old. He and one of the accomplices finally put a pillow on his face “so he wouldn’t scream anymore”. He didn’t want the man to die, “but accepted the death in the situation”. In fact, it was about loot. Information from an accomplice who has already been convicted that the victim is said to have requested sexual acts is incorrect.

The public prosecutor had demanded life imprisonment for the 24-year-old. The defense advocates a maximum sentence of ten years. The verdict is not yet legally binding.

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The public prosecutor’s office had initially assumed three perpetrators. Only the now convicted man, after his arrest in November 2021, led to the trail of a fourth alleged accomplice who, like the other men, comes from Romania.