Today in Oslo, Norway, self-confessed murderer, Behring Breivik was sentenced to 21 years for the horrific mass shootings that killed 77 people in Norway on July 22 of 2011. It is the maximum amount of time someone can be allowed to be incarcerated under Norwegian law.
However, many sentences such as his can be extended indefinitely if one is deemed too dangerous to be entered back into society. Ya think? Legal experts alike speculate that Breivik will most likely spend the rest of his life behind bars. Breivik has his own opinion on the issue…
Since I don’t recognize the authority of the court I cannot legitimize the Oslo district court by accepting the verdict… At the same time, I cannot appeal the verdict, because by appealing it, I would legitimize the court. I wish to apologize to all militant nationalists that I wasn’t able to execute more.”
As a result of his arrest, Breivik wanted to be branded a political activist who bucked the system, not a psychotic mass murderer. His guilt was never called into question as Breivik’s sanity remained the central issue of the trial, with two psychiatric teams who determined their own conclusions.
One of the leading doctor’s handed him a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia, an illness that precludes anyone from imprisonment. The other opposing psychiatrist deemed him narcissistic and anti-social with a complete disregard for other humans, but nevertheless, criminally sane. Basically, the guy isn’t a people person in any way whatsoever.
The cruel, blood thirsty psychopath will begin his sentence immediately, never to be seen in the public eye ever again (except for the 60 Minutes interview we’ll surely get). Someone throw out the key please. This guy’s fifteen minutes of fame are up.
Via LA Times