Italy's AKI is reporting that following the conviction earlier this year of the ringleader and a second member of the so-called "Beasts of Satan" heavy metal cult for the gruesome murder of three friends — a teenage couple and the main culprit's own girlfriend — a Milan juveniles court on Monday (April 11) handed down a 19-year prison sentence to a third man, Mario Maccione, for his part in the couple's slaying. After four hours of deliberation, the court acquitted a second suspect, Massimiliano Magni, of involvement in the couple's murder.
The mother of Chiara Marino — who was shot and buried in wood near Milan with her boyfriend Fabio Tollis in 1998 when she was 19 and Fabio just 16 — reacted to the news with tears and anger. "This is not justice — it's a scandal. Maccione and Magni are both assassins. Nineteen years are too few for the loss of my daughter — I want them both to serve life," she sobbed. She said she had hoped Magni would be sentenced to at least half the length of time requested by public prosecutors.
"Human justice has its limits. Divine justice is limitless and will punish the guilty sooner or later," was the comment of Fabio Tollis' father. "Once we learn the grounds for the verdicts (in a month's time) we will decide whether to appeal or not," said prosecuting magistrate Ciro Cascone. Both Maccione and Magni were also suspected of an earlier attempt to kill Chiara and Fabio.
In February, Andrea Volpe — the leader of a heavy metal group and mastermind of the murders of Marino and Tollis, as well as that of his own girfriend, 27-year-old Mariangela Pezzotta, who was shot and buried alive in a forest in 2004 — received a 30-year jail term for the killings. A second man, Pietro Guerrieri, was sentenced to a 16 years in prison, while a third man was cleared.
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