MOSCOW, June 24 (RAPSI) - The Oktyabrsky District Court of Yekaterinburg on Wednesday found Urals photographer, Dmitry Loshagin, guilty of killing his wife, model Yulia Prokopyeva, and sentenced him to ten years in a high security prison, RIA Novosti reports from the courtroom.
The court took mitigating circumstances into account. Loshagin has no previous convictions and has been described as having a good character. He also has some chronic diseases and is the father of a small child.
Prosecutors requested 13 years in a high security prison for Loshagin. During the first trial, the prosecution demanded the same sentence. However, on December 25, 2014, the Oktyabrsky District Court of Yekaterinburg handed down a not guilty verdict since there was no direct evidence in the case.
The prosecutor and the victim’s mother filed an appeal against the sentence. On February 26, the Sverdlovsk Court heard the appeal and overturned the verdict. The case was sent back for a review.
According to investigators, on August 23, 2013, the photographer was drunk and killed his wife during a fight, after which he took her body to the woods and left it on the side of a road. Later, the suspect returned to the scene to conceal the traces of the crime and to make the woman’s identification difficult by burning her head, the Investigative Department of the Sverdlovsk Region found.