Up to almost 13 years in prison for shooting ‘Maantje’ in Amsterdam

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25-year-old Zion R. has been sentenced on appeal to a prison term of almost 13 years for the manslaughter of 29-year-old Amanuel ‘Maantje’ Sambo. That happened on November 18, 2020. That evening, shortly after midnight, Sambo was shot at from very close range on Krugerplein in Amsterdam East.

According to the court, the suspect fired two bullets at the victim. A few hours later, Sambo died from his injuries. It is not clear what the reason was for the deadly violence.

The court imposed a 12-year prison sentence on R. for manslaughter, after a 20-year sentence. The court believes a heavier sentence is appropriate given ‘the ruthlessness and unscrupulousness’ with which he committed the manslaughter.

The court does not impose the (then applicable) maximum temporary prison sentence of 15 years. However, due to another conviction, the court could impose a maximum prison sentence of 13 years in this case.

In addition to this suspect, three more suspects were on trial: a 33-year-old, a 31-year-old, and a 27-year-old man. The court acquits them all. One suspect lacks evidence that he was present at the crime scene or was otherwise involved in the shooting.

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