SAN FRANCISCO — The lawyer for the family of one of two California college students who received life in prison sentences for the stabbing death of an Italian police officer reacted to the verdict on Thursday.
“It’s bewildering,” said Craig Peters, 21-year-old Finnegan Elder’s family attorney. ” They gave him and they gave Gabe a sentence that is befitting a mafia boss who wantonly kills innocent people. How could these boys possibly be in that same league?”
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Elder and his friend, 20-year-old Gabriel Natale Hjorth, both from the Bay Area, received Italy’s harshest sentence for their crimes.
On a July night in Rome, back in 2019, they were on a street corner to meet someone associated with a drug dealer. But, two police officers in plain clothes approached. In a struggle, Officer Mario Cerciello Rega pinned Elder to the ground; the young man stabbed the officer to death.
An appeal …