Murder suspect faces 18 years in prison

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Prosecutors asked the Oppland County Court to sentence the husband of a woman whose body was found in the Glomma River to 18 years in prison. They suggest Janne Jemtland, who was shot in the forehead, was the victim of a “pure execution.”

Jemtland’s husband has admitted the couple quarreled after returning from a holiday party last December. He has also admitted to driving around with her body in their car and dumping it in the river, while also lying about her whereabouts to their two sons. He had initially reported her missing, setting off a massive search when he knew all along that her body was many kilometers away in the river. He was charged with her murder in January, shortly before Jemtland’s body was found.

He claims her death was an accident, however, and that she had first threatened him with a pistol kept in their bedroom in Brumunddal. His defense attorneys sought full acquittal while prosecutors want a lengthy jail term by Norwegian standards. An attorney representing the couple’s two sons, aged 10 and 13, also is seeking financial compensation for them of NOK 350,000 and NOK 450,000 respectively.

newsinenglish.no staff