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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.
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.