Man sentenced to 20 yrs for killing young woman near Zurich (update)

Lucie was murdered near Zurich in March 2008

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The 28-year-old man accused of killing 16-year-old Lucie Trezzini from Fribourg in March 2009 was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday.

The defense for Daniel, who has a long history of drug and alcohol abuse, Wednesday morning asked for the sentence to be limited to 18 years, with a series of long and intense therapeutic measures.

The prosecution Tuesday asked that he be sentenced to life in prison.

The father of the girl, who was tricked into going to his apartment for what she thought was a photo session for jewelry, said Tuesday that Daniel is a sick man and should be locked up for life.

Lucie’s case drew nationwide attention. She was working as an au pair girl in Rieden-bei-Baden in canton Aargau, to improve her German, when she met Daniel during a day trip to Zurich.

The girl’s family later sued the cantonal prison service, which had released him without what the family argued was a suitable plan for the serial offender.

Lucie’s disappearance and murder changed Swiss attitudes towards adopting a nationwide child disappearance alert system, which went into effect in January 2010. Cell phone owners can register to be included, in order to spread the information as quickly and as widely as possible once a child disappears.

Background story, GenevaLunch