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Hells Angel jailed over police shooting
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Hells Angel jailed over police shooting

Published: 28 Feb 2011 11:47 GMT+01:00
Updated: 28 Feb 2011 11:47 GMT+01:00

A member of the Hells Angels biker gang was sentenced to nine years in prison by a Koblenz court Monday for killing a police officer.

The district court in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate declared the 44-year-old from Anhausen guilty of manslaughter, coercion, and attempted extortion.

On March 17, 2010 the man fired two shots through the closed door of his home, hitting a 42-year-old police officer, who was killed.

The member of the special police force had been trying to open the door to conduct a search with another colleague as part of a larger investigation of the Westerwald region’s red light milieu.

The coercion and attempted extortion charges against the defendant came in connection with this investigation.

During the trial the defendant admitted to shooting through the door, but maintained he did not know a police officer was on the other side. Instead he believed he was being threatened by member of rival biker gang the Bandidos, he said.

This claim prompted state prosecutors to downgrade their original charge of murder to manslaughter, bringing the maximum sentence down to nine years from 12.

The defence plead for the biker to be pardoned because he acted in self-defence and was the result of a “chain of unhappy circumstances.”

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12:04 February 28, 2011 by moistvelvet
Ah so because he thought he was shooting at a rival gang member it isn't murder? Definately manslaughter as he didn't intend to kill a policemen, only a bandido.
12:26 February 28, 2011 by LiberalGuy
I find it funny people still refer to these criminal organziations as 'motorcycle clubs'.
13:52 February 28, 2011 by auniquecorn
Thats what the big MC on the vest stands for. he proably has a 1% patch on the front.
15:02 February 28, 2011 by tallady
A maximum sentence of 12 years for murder. a cut and paste ...

"Murder is the unlawful killing of another human being with "malice aforethought", and generally this state of mind distinguishes murder from other forms of unlawful homicide (such as manslaughter). As the loss of a human being inflicts enormous grief upon the individuals close to the victim, as well as the fact that the commission of a murder is highly detrimental to the good order within society, most societies both present and in antiquity have considered it a most serious crime worthy of the harshest of punishment. In the US, a person convicted of murder is typically given a life sentence or the death penalty for such an act."

I assume an enlightened society such as Germany feels otherwise.
18:05 February 28, 2011 by derExDeutsche
9 years is a slap on the wrist, no doubt.

He'll be back in the saddle in No time. like a real 'Held'

Shoot a cop in the US, and he'd be looking at Death Row in a Death Penalty State. Never getting out of Jail, either way.
18:59 February 28, 2011 by Nemo2010
Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, life for life. He should be hanged by the neck until dead. Why are these criminal gangs tolerated anyway?
00:56 March 1, 2011 by fryintl
You now see why the poor schlub in the US, where is it, Texas(?), is thought to be over sentenced. All the guy here in the US did was just plan and help a lady kill her parents. This guy killed a Politzist and he got that long and horrible 9 year sentence. Ask the Polizei if he deserves a lighter sentence and let me know what they say. Also, why not do a poll telling us what the general populace thinks of this? Give them the real details and let them tell you what they think. Poll in Landstuhl, Reichenbach Steegen, hutschenhausen, Worms, Landau an der Mosel. See what the general populace say!!!
10:37 March 1, 2011 by Hellbent
If a criminal in the US only got 9 years in prison for killing a police officer, there would be a dozen police officer killings every day.
18:54 March 1, 2011 by michael4096
Gotta luv the posters here

same guys claiming that everybody should be allowed guns to defend themselves, their family and property now reckon that everybody with a gun already has the omniscience to know that the guy breaking into their house was really bold and beautiful
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