Shooter sentenced to 24 years penalty for double homicide in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Orthodox Cathedral

March 31, 2015. Sakhalin’s regional Court found Stepan Komarov, former employee of a private security agency, guilty in the shooting at parishioners in the Resurrection Cathedral in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk in February 2014 and sentenced him to 24 years’ imprisonment in a penal colony, as reports RIA Novosti.

In February last year being armed Stepan Komarov broke into the main cathedral of the South Sakhalin diocese (Cathedral of the Resurrection) and made several shots. Because of serious injuries nun Lyudmila (Pryashnikova) and a parishioner of the Cathedral of Vladimir Zaporozhets died at the scene, another seven people were wounded. Komarov also damaged the icon. The damage is more than a million rubles.

The court prescribes to Komarov to pay the compensation about 8 million rubles for moral damages to the suffered persons. In addition, the court found that the crime was committed on the grounds of religious hatred. Earlier, the prosecutor, referring to the totality of the crimes committed, demanded for Komarov life imprisonment. The lawyer asked the court for leniency for the defendant.

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