On Friday, a Belarusian teenager was sentenced after violently attacking people with a CHAINSAW and AXE in a Minsk shopping mall. One woman was killed during his attempt to massacre people. He was only sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Because of the laws related to minors in Belarus, that was the maximum term that could be imposed. But, the victim’s relatives are outraged, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL).
Ulad Kazakevich was arrested on October 8 for using an axe and chainsaw to assault for different women in the mall. Two of the women were injured, and one was killed. Thankfully, one was able to get away.
Originally, Kazakevich plead guilty to the charges. He eventually went to trial. The teenage murderer was found guilty of murder with extreme violence, attempted murder and various other crimes.
Even though officials said he has psychological problems, the court still deemed that Kazakevich was fit for trial, according to RFE/RL.
The case may spark a debate in the country over whether the upper limit for minors should be capped at 15 years.
It is quite different for adults convicted of murder, since Belarus is the only country in Europe that allows the death penalty.
A 17-year-old high school junior from Montgomery Village, Md., was arrested in January for allegedly stabbing two men to death inside a mall.
He was charged as an adult with two counts of first degree murder and could serve life in prison, according to a local NBC News affiliate.