A Ukrainian court docket on Friday lowered to fifteen years a life sentence handed to a Russian soldier in May for pre-meditated homicide within the nation’s first struggle crimes trial.
“According to the result of the appellate review, the appeal filed by the defense was partially satisfied,” an announcement on the Kyiv court docket of appeals’ web site mentioned, including that Russian soldier “Vadim Shishimarin was sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment.”
Shishimarin, who was 21 on the time of the ruling in May, was discovered responsible of struggle crimes for killing an unarmed civilian and handed a life sentence, within the first verdict of its sort of Russia’s invasion. The sergeant from Siberia had admitted to killing a 62-year-old civilian, Oleksandr Shelipov, as he was driving his bike within the village of Chupakhivka in northeast Ukraine.
Shishimarin claimed he shot Shelipov underneath strain from one other soldier as he tried to retreat and escape again into Russia in a stolen automobile on February 28. His lawyer Viktor Ovsyannikov had vowed to enchantment the decision, arguing that “societal pressure” weighed on the choice.