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Thursday, May 11, 2006

FRANKFURT, Germany -- A man who admitted killing and eating an aquaintance he met on the Intrnet was convicted of murder and sentence to life in prison Tuesday following his retrial.

Announcing the verdict at the Frankfurt state court, presiding Judge Klaus Drescher described the killing as "a particularly perverse murder".

Armin Meiwes' lawyers had argued that the court should instead convict him of the lesser offense of "killing on demand" on the grounds that he was only following his victim's wishes.

"He acted out of self seeking motives and has shown that to this day, he does not regret his actions," Drescher said. Meiwes watched calmly as the verdict was read.

The 44-year old computer technician's retrial opened in January. It was held after a federal appeals court overturned his initial manslaughter conviction, which carried an 81/2 year sentence, to allow prosecutors to seek a longer prison term.

At the retrial, Meiwes once again made a detailed confession, telling the court his version of the grisly details of the March 2001 killing of Bernd Juergen Brandes at Meiwes home in Rotenburg.

Meiwes said Brandes -- who had travrled from Berlin after answering his Internet posting seeking a young man for "slaughter and consumption" -- wanted to be stabbed to death after drinking a bottle of cold medicine to lose consciousness.

On Tuesday, the judge said Brandes could still have been saved at the time of the stabbing.

The defendant testified that Brandes, 43, had wanted to "be eaten alive."

In convicting Meiwes of murder, the court found Tuesday that he killed partly to satisfy his sexual urges. A court appointed psychiatric expert testified that he saw "significant danger of a repeat" offense of Meiwes.

Before Brandes was killed, the two attempted to eat parts of the man's body together, Meiwes said.

Meiwes frose parts of the body and ate more after the killing.

Police arrested Meiwes in December 2002 after a student in Austria alerted them to a message Meiwes had posted on the Internet seeking a man willing to be killed and eaten.

(Source: CHICAGOSUNTIMES by: Inge Treichel)
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