The accused, Andrea Volpe, actually expected a lighter sentence since he led the police to the victims’ bodies and confessed to cult killings.
Pietro Guerrieri, one of his accomplices who acted as the gravedigger, was also sentenced to 16 years in prison.
The mother of Chiara Marino, Lina Marino, said that justice has prevailed. Band members stabbed her child under a full moon in 1998 when she was only 19 years old.
Fabio Tollis, who was currently dating Marino that time, took a hammer blow to his when he tried to stop the killing.
These satanic killings have caused widespread fear in Italy. News of young people being involved in wicca and the occult has spread in the country. As a response, the Vatican has started a course for Catholic priests on exorcism and Satanism. Spirituality has also been pushed.
“If he had not admitted everything, nobody would have been able to convict him for the death of Fabio and Chiara. The fate of those two [teenagers] would still be shrouded in mystery – maybe the bodies would never have been found,” said prosecutor Antonio Pizzi.
Ten members of the cult, including Volpe, are linked to the case which is also scrutinizing the murder of Andrea Bontade who is another member of the band.
Paulo Maccione, after being let off the hook, will be facing murder charges in a juvenile court since he was just a minor at the time of the killings.
Flavio Violo, defense attorney, fears for his life and his family’s for divulging details of the secret cult. He will appeal Volpe’s sentence.