The head of a
lesbian gang in France has been handed a 28-year
prison sentence in the brutal murder of a country baker,
London's Daily Telegraph reports.
Brandishing a hunting rifle, Magali Rossi burst
into a shop owned by Sylvain Betrix, 22, and shot
him dead as he rushed to help his wife. Rossi got away
with only about $35, the newspaper reported.
A lawyer for the prosecution described
Betrix as a hard worker, compared with Rossi and
her fellow gang members, "who don't work and don't
especially look for work." He told the court in the town of
St. Etienne, "These are two kinds of France colliding
with each other. It is for you to say which France we
ought to protect and which one we must repress.''
According to the newspaper, Rossi, 34, lived
with her girlfriend, her girlfriend's daughter, and a
third woman on unemployment benefits. The prosecution
had sought a 25-year sentence for Rossi for theft aggravated
by violence leading to death.
On the day of the crime, Rossi's girlfriend
waited in their car outside the baker's shop as Rossi
entered. Betrix, who was resting, heard the
terrified cries of his wife, Virginie, and tried to
intervene. Wearing only underwear and socks, he
confronted Rossi, but she shot him in the throat, the
"I know you cannot forgive me, but I ask for
your pardon nonetheless,'' Rossi told the baker's
widow. "I am fully aware of what I have done.''
Staring directly at Rossi, Virginie Betrix
replied, "She regrets nothing. She killed my husband
like a dog.'' (Advocate.com)