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Three Sentenced In Deadly Ukraine Rape Case

  • RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service

People pay their respects at the coffin of Oksana Makar during her funeral outside the town of Mykolayiv on March 31.

People pay their respects at the coffin of Oksana Makar during her funeral outside the town of Mykolayiv on March 31.

MYKOLAYIV, Ukraine – A court in Ukraine's southern city of Mykolayiv has sentenced three men to long terms in prison for their role in the rape and eventual death of a teenage girl.

The court sentenced Yevhen Krasnoshchok to life in prison.

His co-defendants -- Maksym Prysyazhnyuk and Artyom Pohosyan -- were sentenced to 15 and 14 years in prison, respectively.

Oksana Makar, 18, died in a hospital three weeks after she was raped, strangled, and set on fire in March in Mykolayiv.

The case shocked many Ukrainians and sparked a number of protests after it was revealed that police initially released two of the suspects, whose parents were former regional government officials.
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