American sentenced to life in prison for slaying family in Czech Republic

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, July 20 (UPI) — An American man was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison after he was convicted of murdering a four-member family three years ago.

Kevin Dahlgren, who was 21 at the time, stabbed his uncle Martin Harok, 51, and aunt Veronika, 47, and their two children, Filip, 24, and David, 21, in their home while visiting Brno on May 22, 2013. He was arrested one day later at Washington Dulles International Airport after an international warrant was issued.

Dahlgren, who had been living with the family since April 30, 2013, spent more than two years in custody in the United States, fighting extradition. He was extradited last August.

Dahlgren was silent as he received the verdict from judge Michal Zamecnik, who said no one else but him could have committed the crime.

Dahlgren’s defense lawyer plans to appeal the verdict, which usually means at least 20 years in jail.

Dahlgren, who declined to testify, described the voices in his head in pleading for mercy with the judge. He added that he had been undergoing treatment the past three years and pleaded with the judge for his psychological condition to be taken into account.

“I had no control [over] any of my actions. I could do only what the voice instructed me to do. What happened to the family is a tragedy.”

The judge agreed he had psychological problems but that didn’t exonerate him.

Dalgren came to Brno after he was unable to get a job in the United States.

Dahlgren claimed to be from Palo Alto, Calif., on his Facebook page but his father, Walter Dahlgren, said he never lived there. He lived in Roseville, Calif., his father said.

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