GUILTY! Josef Fritzl pleads guilty to all counts

March 19, 2009

| 19.03.2009 | 16:00 UTC
Fritzl sentenced to life in psychiatric facility

An Austrian man who fathered seven children by his daughter, whom he locked in a cellar for 24 years, has been sentenced to life imprisonment in a psychiatric institution. The jury found 73-year-old Joseph Fritzl guilty of all charges against him, including enslavement, rape, incest, false imprisonment, coercion and negligent homicide. The murder charge referred to the death of one of the children he had with his daughter. Fritzl’s lawyer said he found the verdict fair. The trial lasted just four days. On Wednesday, Fritzl changed his plea to guilty on all charges after watching video taped evidence from his daughter.

This doesn’t make mention of the fact that the rumor mill is gossiping about Elisabeth coming and watching two days of the trial. Josef managed to stay strong during that part, but coming face to face with the victim, caused him to change his mind. Or, the bastard just really saw the writing on the wall and went for the sympathy plea. Austrian law is not that harsh in terms of meting punishment out to those who deserve it.

The worse part about it for Josef is that if he would have taken this plea earlier to spare the pain of the trial, that he would have been able to serve in a low security country club style prison. Now he will have to serve here…

MOSCOW, March 19 (RIA Novosti) – A high-security jail in Lower Austria is likely to be home to the country’s two most famous criminals, following Thursday’s conviction of Joseph Fritzl for murder, rape, incest and slavery.

A jury in the town of Sankt Poelten unanimously found the 73-year-old Austrian engineer guilty of murdering one of the seven children he fathered with his daughter Elizabeth, who he kept locked up in a dungeon below his garden for 24 years, raping her repeatedly. The court ordered a life sentence.

Austrian media said Fritzl is likely to be placed in the Goellersdorf asylum, home to the infamous Robert Ackermann, nicknamed the Cannibal of Vienna.

Could you suggest a nice kianti to go with the meal?

Could you suggest a nice kianti to go with the meal?

Ackerman was convicted in 2007 at the age of 19 of murdering his roommate Josef Schweiger in a mental asylum, and eating his brain. According to eyewitnesses, Ackerman would prowl the grounds naked at night, howling at the moon.

According to national media, Ackerman has openly boasted of plans cook Fritzl alive.

I found video or what he plans to do.  This is not for the squeamish.  It is safe for work, unless you are having lunch.

Under Austrian law, if Fritzl is convicted on several offenses, he will be given the sentence linked to the worst crime. The charges he faces are:

• Murder: The infant who died in 1996 died from a lack of medical care, the state prosecutor said. The charge carries a sentence of life in prison.

• Involvement in slave trade: From 1984 until 2008, prosecutors allege, Fritzl held his daughter, Elisabeth, captive in a dungeon, abused her sexually and treated her as if she were his personal property — in a situation similar to slavery. If he is convicted, the sentence could range from 10 to 20 years in prison.

• Rape: Between August 30, 1984, and June 30, 1989, Fritzl “regularly sexually abused Elisabeth,” according to the prosecutor. The sentence could be from five to 15 years in prison.

• Incest: Parallel to the rape charge. It carries a sentence of up to one year.

• Withdrawal of liberty: Three of the children Fritzl had with Elisabeth were illegally held captive in a dungeon with no daylight or fresh air, according to prosecutors. That charge carries a sentence of one to 10 years.

• Assault: Between August 28, 1984, and April 26, 2006, Fritzl repeatedly threatened Elisabeth and their three children with gas and booby traps as warnings in case they tried to escape, authorities allege. The sentence would range from six months to five years.

He is clearly going to get what he deserves.  Even criminals have a little decency. (some of them and it aint much…)

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