Walter Hinteler wrote:
He got parole in November 2016.
Not by the American understanding of the word. Americans usually understand parole as a final release from prison, where the inmate does not have to return to prison unless they violate the terms of the parole.
Guede is in some sort of day release thing where he still returns to prison every day after leaving work.
But his final release from prison is coming soon, and that is entirely the fault of the Kercher family.
Guede opted to be tried by a limited hearing in front of a judge instead of having a full-dress jury trial. Because of that he qualified for a sentence reduction. The rules for such sentence reductions are as follows:
a) LIFE With A Period Of Solitary Confinement gets reduced to regular LIFE
b) regular LIFE gets reduced to 30 YEARS
c) any other sentence is reduced by one third
Under Italian law, the combination of crimes that Guede committed against Kercher mandated a sentence of LIFE With A Period Of Solitary Confinement. So even with the sentence reduction he should have gotten a regular LIFE sentence as per "A" above.
However, in order to falsely accuse Amanda and Raffaele of the crime, they had to pretend that Guede didn't break in through the window, so he was not charged with that.
And the false charges against Amanda and Raffaele led to confusion over who stole Meredith's money, so Guede was not convicted of that.
Because the court did not consider him to have committed these two crimes, Guede's base sentence went from LIFE With A Period Of Solitary Confinement to regular LIFE. And his reduced sentence went from regular LIFE ("A" above) to 30 YEARS ("B" above).
If he'd had the regular LIFE sentence that he should have gotten under "A" above, he would have been eligible for parole after 26 years. But that parole would only have been granted if he admitted to his crime and expressed remorse. At the moment he is denying that he committed the crime. Hard to tell if he would have continued to deny after having served more than 20 years and being told that he'd stay in prison forever if he didn't admit his guilt, but it is entirely possible that he would have stayed in prison for the rest of his life. At the very least he would have been required to admit guilt and ask for forgiveness before being released. With the 30 YEAR sentence he gets released eventually even without expressing remorse.
But the Kerchers were not done shortening Guede's sentence. When Amanda and Raffaele were found guilty by corrupt judges in the first instance, the court found mitigating circumstances largely due to their innocence, and they were only sentenced to 24 YEARS for the murder. Since the courts were pretending that all three were in it together, it would have appeared racist if they'd given the black guy a LIFE sentence while the two white people got a 24 YEAR sentence, so the court in the second instance reduced Guede's sentence from LIFE to 24 YEARS to match the sentences given to Amanda and Raffaele.
And since Guede qualified for the sentence reduction for having had a abbreviated trial in front of a judge, under provision "C" above, his 24 YEAR sentence was reduced by one third to 16 YEARS.
And now Guede is about to be released from prison in a few more years. All because of the machinations of the Kercher family.
And THAT is Karma at its very finest.