Stern’s murderer Cécile Brossard gets 8 years

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Lawyers for Brossard told journalists after the sentencing that they will not appeal

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Journalists crowd around Palais de Justice entrance

Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Cécile Brossard, who killed her lover Edouard Stern in Geneva in 2005, has been sentenced to eight and a half years in prison. She has served four of those. Yesterday’s harsh judgement by the jury, convicting Brossard of homicide rather than of a crime of passion, was softened by the relatively light sentence: she could have received as much as 20 years, and a crime of passion normally carries a lighter sentence of one to 10 years in prison.

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It was a hot day in Geneva and crowds headed for the cafes near the Palais de Justice rather than courtrooms while Cécile B, as she was known in the French press, was sentenced

The public defender had called for 11 years but her lawyers asked for compassion, suggesting she be allowed to leave prison as soon as possible. She will in fact most likely be eligible to leave at the end of 2010.

TSR notes that the documents, photos, latex suit in which the murdered man was found, the weapon and other items related to the crime and trial will be destroyed, citing the court president.

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  1. […] on good behaviour, her lawyer told AFP news agency. She had been in prison since 2005, but was sentenced in June 2009 to 8.5 years. Stern’s lover, who had been promised money and marriage, but received neither, famously shot […]