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Five Years for Attempted Murder

The Supreme Court of Iceland yesterday sentenced Birkir Arnar Jónsson to five years in prison for attempted murder in November 2009. He was found guilty of having gone to a house in Reykjavík suburb Breidholt masked and armed with a shotgun.

The photo is not related to this story. By Páll Stefánsson.

When the man who lived there answered the door, Jónsson pointed the gun at the man’s forehead and then fired five shots at the house after the man slammed the door shut, Morgunbladid reports.

Two of the shots hit the door but three went through a window by the door and the man inside suffered scratches to his face.

The Supreme Court concluded that Jónsson’s actions had been very dangerous and that the homeowner’s life had been threatened.

However, there was insufficient proof to show that Jónsson had intended to shoot the man as he didn’t fire until after the door was shut, so he received a lighter sentence: five instead of six years.

Jónsson was also ordered to pay the victim ISK 600,000 (USD 4,600, EUR 3,800) in compensation.

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