Transcript for 2 American college students found guilty in the death of a police officer in Italy
have just be found guilty in Italy in what authorities say was a deadly attack on a police officer. They have been sentenced to life in prison and here's ABC's Maggie Rulli tonight. Reporter: Tonight, they were the two American college kids who made headlines after authorities say they killed an Italian police officer in Rome in 2019. A jury today finding both men guilty of multiple charges including homicide, sentencing them to life in prison. Prosecutors said it was a drug deal gone bad, claiming Finnegan Lee elder and Gabriel Christian Natale hjorth went to a trendy neighborhood in Rome on the night of July 25th, 2019, to buy cocaine. But the deal fell through. The two men, 18 and 19 years old at the time, allegedly stole a backpack from one of the dealers. That man called police, who claimed to have set up a sting operation. And when vice brigadier Mario cerceillo Rega and his partner met to meet the men, prosecutors say eld E allegedly stabbed Rega 11 times with seven inch knife, Natale hjorth allegedly helping him hide the knife afterward in their hotel room. Before the verdict, Finnegan elder addressed the charges for the first time last month. The case dominating headlines in Italy, the officer had just been married a month before, his wife attending every day in court. There tonight, holding on tight to his photo. David, life in prison is the maximum someone can get in while they wait, they're going to have to spend at least the next two months in solitary confinement. Italy and the world watching this case. Maggie Rulli tonight. Maggie, thank you.
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