Monday, November 20, 2017

Guilty verdict announced in Dec. robbery, murder

A court in Kurgan issued a guilty verdict for the members of a criminal group that attacked a money collector's car in December 2010, stealing $50,000 and killing the driver.

Cumulatively, the three members sentenced, Vyacheslav Yeremenchuk, Salavat Kazyyev and Yuri Kuzminykh, will serve 49 years. The court found the defendants guilty of robbery, banditry, illegally carrying of firearms and murder, Itar-Tass reports.

The group was allegedly set up to attack Russian Post money collectors who brought money to the postal telegraph office in the Temlyakovo village for the payment of allowances, wages and pensions.

"Yeremenchuk earlier worked as a Russian post guard, and was well-versed in the specifics of this work, the routes of money collectors' movements and the amount of ferried money," the press service of the Interior Ministry's main department for the Ural Federal District said, according to Itar-Tass. "The wrongdoers worked out a detailed plan to attack money collectors."

On December 11, 2010, the armed gang used knives and a sawn-off shotgun to ambush a Russian Post car, which pulled up at a rural administration building. When the money collector got out of the car, the attackers overpowered him and locked him in the building. The gang planned to take the money in the car but experienced active resistance from the driver, who died of stab and gunshot wounds. The attacks left the scene with $50,000.

"Police caught the criminals soon after the murder, and fully recovered the stolen money," a regional law-enforcement officer said, according to Itar-Tass.

Yeremchuk was sentenced to 19 years, Kazyyev was sentenced to 18 years and Kuzminyhkh was sentenced to 12 years. The three men must also compensate the family of the killed driver for the funeral arrangements and the repairs to the damaged Russian Post car.