Thyssen homicide sentence reduced, families occupy court

German steelmaker CEO gets lighter jail term for factory fire

Thyssen homicide sentence reduced, families occupy court

Turin, February 28 - Judges in Turin on Thursday reduced the first-degree homicide sentence of Harald Espenhahn, the former CEO of the Italian division of Germany's ThyssenKrupp steelmaker, for the death of seven workers at an Italian plant in 2007, sparking outrage by families who occupied the courtroom. After the court decided to reduce the sentence from 16 and a half years to 10, family members of the victims yelled "this is Italian justice, how disgusting" and staged an impromptu sit-in. The initial sentences stemmed from a fatal fire at Turin's Thyssenkrupp steelworks. For the first time in Italy in a workplace death trial, one of the six executives, Espenhahn, was convicted of homicide. Four other managers, convicted of manslaughter, received jail sentences of 13 and a half years while a fifth was sentenced to ten years in prison. All of those sentences were also reduced Thursday.

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