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Former Russian Police Chief Yevsyukov Gets Life In Jail

Former chief of the Moscow Police Department's Tsaritsyno precinct Denis Yevsyukov
MOSCOW (Reuters) -- A Moscow court today convicted a former police district chief of killing two people in a supermarket shooting spree and sentenced him to life in prison, a day after the Kremlin pushed a major police reform.

Russians were stunned by security camera footage showing Major Denis Yevsyukov, 32, stalking the aisles of a supermarket last April and firing gunshots.

Prosecutors said one of the victims was a female cashier he shot in the face.

He was also convicted on 22 counts of attempted murder.

Police violence and corruption scandals over the past year have deepened Russians' distrust of the country's law enforcement authorities.

The verdict came after President Dmitry Medvedev dismissed 18 high-ranking Interior Ministry officials on February 18 and announced details of a major police reform plan.