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Man sentenced to 16 years for shooting police

Preiti jailed for attack at government swearing-in

21 January, 18:06
Man sentenced to 16 years for shooting police (ANSA) - Rome, January 21 - Luigi Preiti was sentenced Tuesday to 16 years in prison for shooting at four police officers, seriously injuring two, outside the premier's office in April 2013.

One of the officers remains paralyzed from spinal injuries following the shooting on April 28 at Rome's Palazzo Chigi.

Preiti, a native of Calabria, attacked on the same day that Premier Enrico Letta's government was being sworn into office.

But Preiti, who was convicted on multiple counts of attempted murder and possession of illegal weapons, has said he did not intend to kill anyone and only wanted to draw attention to his joblessness.

Court was told Tuesday that shortly before the shooting, Preiti called government offices demanding more help for Calabria, a southern region with serious economic problems.

Last October, he was ordered to undergo a psychiatric examination to determine if he knew what he was doing and Tuesday, prosecutors requested that he be sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Just before Christmas, Letta visited Giuseppe Giangrande, the officer who was shot in the spine and remains severely paralyzed in most of his body.

The officer's family says he wants to return to police work and faces numerous surgeries.