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Court sentences Lisa Holm's killer to life in prison

Updated onsdag 18 november 2015 kl 09.30
Published tisdag 17 november 2015 kl 11.24
"She certainly felt a terrible distress before she died"
(1:16 min)
Press outside the courtroom for the trial of Lisa Holm's killer. Photo: Adam Ihse / TT.
Press outside the courtroom for the trial of Lisa Holm's killer. Photo: Adam Ihse / TT.

Skaraborg District Court found a 35-year-old man guilty of murdering Swedish teenager Lisa Holm and sentenced him to life in prison Tuesday morning.

The Lithuanian man, who was in Sweden as a laborer, denied any involvement in the murder, claiming that he never even met the 17-year-old victim. But police discovered traces of blood and DNA from the suspect on the inside and outside of Holm's clothing and around the crime scene.

The man's attorney, Inger Rönnbäck, told Swedish Radio's local channel in Skaraborg on Wednesday that her client will appeal the verdict.

Holm went missing in June after she left her job at a local cafe near the small town of Lidköping. Her disappearance sparked a large-scale search that end five days later when her body was found in a tool shed outside a barn.

A life in prison sentence in Sweden can vary in length, but generally lasts for between 15 and 25 years. The court also ruled that the man is to be deported from Sweden after serving his prison sentence.

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