Anders Behring Breivik Sentenced to 21 Years in Prison

The New York Times reports that mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik has been sentenced to 21 years in prison after an Oslo, Norway court ruled that he was sane when he killed 77 people. While the sentence for his shooting spree may seem short, the court has the ability to extend the sentence if he is considered a danger to society. Brevik's conviction is the harshest sentence permitted under Norwegian law. If he had been found to be insane during the time of his crime he would not be punished under Norwegian law.

The 33-year-old Norwegian man claimed that the attacks last year were part of what he called a "campaign against multiculturalism in Norway." Brevik did not seem upset when he judge handed down the sentence – in fact he smiled in court on Friday when hearing the verdict and then raised his hand in a "right-wing" salute…

Many in the media in Europe and even in the United States tried to blame Call of Duty and World of Warcraft for influencing Brevik – mostly because he mentioned using Call of Duty to "train" and World of Warcraft to relax.

Judge Wenche Elizabeth Arntzen said that the decision reached by a five-member panel that heard the case had been unanimous. She also rejected Breivik’s claims that his actions were tied to a network called the Knights Templar, noting that there was no evidence to support the claim.

Breivik will serve his sentence in isolation at Ila prison near Oslo. Norwegian prison are notoriously accommodating; Brevik will live in a three-room cell with an exercise area, a television set and a laptop computer not connected to the Internet, according to the New York Times report.

Source: New York Times

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