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article imageSpain's 'angel of death' receives 127 year sentence

By Anne Sewell     Jun 21, 2013 in Crime
Girona - Joan Vila Dilmé, the security guard who was tried for killing eleven elderly residents in a nursing home, has received a sentence of 127 years for his crimes. He had told the court that he was "ending their suffering."
Digital Journal reported that 45-year-old Dilmé, dubbed "the angel of death", had been found guilty on June 11 by a unanimous jury decision during a court hearing in Girona in northeast Spain.
At the time, prosecutors were seeking a 194-year jail term for Vila Dilmé.
However, on Friday the judge presiding over the case settled on a 127-year sentence for the killer, who will serve the maximum allowed by law of 40 years, according to Spain's La Vanguardia newspaper.
On top of his sentence Vila Dilmé will also pay fines of €369.000 ($490,000) to the families of his victims.
The judge said during sentencing that it had been proven that Vila Dilma had administered descaling acid, bleach and drugs to his victims and that the result had been "extraordinary suffering" and then death.
It was further said that Vila Dilmé had acted in a premeditated fashion and "wanted to kill" his victims.
The judge also dismissed the claims of the defense lawyer that Vila Dilmé had been suffering from mental problems which "could have prevented him for understanding his actions".
The crime was carried out by Vila Dilmé when he was employed as a security guard at the La Caritat home in Olot, in Spain's Catalunya region.
He was arrested in October 2010 after the death of an 85-year-old woman in a local hospital and he later confessed to her murder, admitting that he had made her drink bleach and further confessed to the murder of two other elderly people. He said that he carried out these actions in order to "end their suffering".
On top of these deaths, eight other murders, committed between August 2009 and October 2010, came to light. In those cases, the victims had been given overdoses of insulin or various fatal pharmaceutical cocktails.
The case has stirred high emotions in strongly family-orientated Spain.
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