Two Americans Convicted For Slaying Italian Cop While On Vacation

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Two U.S. tourists were sentenced to life in prison for killing a police officer while vacationing in Italy in 2019.

Finnegan Lee Elder, 21, and Gabriel Natale-Hjorth, 20, were teenagers when they allegedly attempted to purchase cocaine off the street in a deal that went south. When the drug dealer ripped off the teens, they purportedly stole his cellphone and attempted to leverage it to get their money back.

The young Californians set up a meeting to reclaim their cash, but the dealer called the Carabinieri police to evade their extortion attempt. Vice Brigadier Mario Cerciello Rega, 35, and his partner Andrea Varriale showed up to the meet in plain clothes.  

The Americans believed that the officers were street thugs that were sent to attack them and a fight the claimed Cerciello Rega’s life ensued. Elder stabbed Cerciello Rega 11 times and Natale-Hjorth helped hide the knife he used.  

During their trial, which ultimately came down to Varriale’s account versus the suspects, Elder gave testimony that he feared Cerciello Rega was going to strangle him before he stabbed him repeatedly.  

Prior to sentencing, Elder apologized to the Italian court. “I took a man’s life, I took a husband away from his wife, I broke a bond between brothers and I took a son away from his mother,” he said. “I’ll never be able to forgive myself for this, and I don’t expect Mr. Mario Cerciello’s family to ever forgive me, although I truly hope one day they will.”

A Roman jury found both suspects guilty of homicide. Natale-Hjorth’s act of attempting to conceal the murder weapon made him eligible to be charged equally according to Italian law.

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MartinChemnitz
MartinChemnitz
1 month ago

Hey Italy, keep that filth locked up and never return them to us. Then make them listen to the best of AOC for hours on end every day of their tortured lives.

Falcon
Falcon
1 month ago

Don’t do the crime if you don’t want to due the time.

Jane Stacy
1 month ago

good

Pissed Off American
Pissed Off American
1 month ago

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! They dug the hole, filled it with crap and jumped in over their heads. OH Well Shit Happens! Too BAD for them, now they will have a long time to learn Italian, if they live that long. Sorry for the cop’s family that he wound up dead. Not like American where they can appeal until hell freezes over and if well connected to the elites walk away. I hope Italian jails are just rat infested shit holes where they have to fight the rats for for everything besides the other worthless people in there. Hope they brought their Lube with them. Think the drugs were worth it NOW! GOOD BYE and GOOD LUCK!

james corcoran
james corcoran
1 month ago

where are the pictures of this drug addicted duo?

The GnuKnow?
The GnuKnow?
1 month ago

You went to a foreign country & bought drugs in the street? How stupid & dumb is that? Now they have to serve the time, the country imposed on them.