Stureplan killer to stay behind bars

The life sentence of convicted mass murderer Tommy Zethraeus will not be commuted, a court ruled Monday.

Almost 20 years ago, Tommy Zethraeus killed four people and wounded eleven others in a shooting spree outside a nightclub at Stureplan in Stockholm. In February a Stockholm District Court commuted the life sentence to 33 years. In line with Swedish law, Zethraeus would then have been eligible for release in 2016, after serving two thirds of his sentence.

But the Göta Court of Appeals went against the District Court. It argues that the 1994 murders and attempted murders along with his continued criminal activity while behind bars, would warrant a higher sentence than 33 years. As the time of release would be many years from now, this makes it more complicated to make any predictions about risk of recidivism.