Friday, May 23, 2014

Notorious Ethiopian prison guard sentenced to maximum 22 years

(May 23, 2104 (Denver Post, Colorado ))--A notorious prison guard accused of killing and torturing dozens of people in Ethiopia in the 1970s was sentenced to 22 years in prison on Friday following a U.S. immigration fraud conviction.

Kefelgn Alemu Worku was sentenced to the maximum prison term during his hearing on Friday in U.S. District Court. "If any case called for a maximum sentence, it seems to be this one," said U.S. District Judge John Kane.

Federal sentencing guidelines for Worku's immigration violations recommended a sentencing range of zero to 18 months, but the law allows up to 10 years for each of two counts on which he was convicted, and two more years for a third.

Worku, speaking through a translator, issued a rambling statement to the judge that continued for nearly an hour. He denied the accusations and said that he was a victim. Witnesses, including torture victims from the 1970s, testified at Worku's sentencing hearing Friday. He was charged with immigration fraud in 2012 after one of his victims who had survived the deadly prison recognized him. Read more from Denver Post, Colorado »

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