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Men Imprisoned Over German Restaurant Killings

Men Imprisoned Over German Restaurant Killings

Associated Press

STADE, Germany-Two Vietnamese brothers were convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for the killings of seven people at a Chinese restaurant in northern Germany in 2007.

The victims,the owner and his wife, as well as five employees, were found shot to death at the Lin Yue restaurant in Sittensen, southwest of Hamburg, on Feb. 5, 2007. The perpetrators fled with about 5,000 ($6,800) in cash, two laptops and several cell phones.

The state court in Stade convicted a 31-year-old Vietnamese man, identified only as Phong D.C. in line with German privacy laws, of seven counts of murder and robbery. He was sentenced to life without the possibility of early release.

His 35-year-old brother, Trong D.C., was convicted of one murder and robbery. He was given a life sentence, but can seek early release after 15 years.

Three other men, including a former part-time worker at the restaurant, were convicted of lesser offenses and given sentences ranging up to 14 years. The trial opened in August 2007.

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