Teacher Gets 30 Years for Skydiving Murder
Jealous jumper Els Clottemans sabotaged victim's chutes
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2010 2:00 AM CDT
Updated Oct 21, 2010 11:22 AM CDT
Els Clottemans wipes a tear as she is found guilty at a courthouse in Tongeren, Belgium.   (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

(Newser) – A Belgian woman involved in a skydiving love triangle has been found guilty of murdering her rival by sabotaging her parachute, and sentenced to 30 years in prison. Schoolteacher Els Clottemans, 26, disabled the victim's parachute because she was jealous of the woman's involvement with a Dutch skydiver, prosecutors said. The jury saw footage taken by the victim's helmet-mounted camera as she plunged to her death from 30,000 feet, the Independent reports.

Investigators testified that both of the victim's parachutes had been sabotaged before the fateful 2006 jump, and that Clottemans, an experienced skydiver, would have known how to do that. The judge said the only mitigating factor in the sentencing was Clottemans' fragile mental state; she tried to kill herself in 2008. Clottemans maintained her innocence throughout the trial.

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Oct 22, 2010 5:05 AM CDT
What a deal, worst case senario, she can do all 30 years (not likely though) and return to society a free woman at 56. Her victim lost all her years (50-60 years). That's justice???
Oct 21, 2010 1:56 PM CDT
OK Newser, her being a teacher seems to have NO relevance to this story. So, why is it in the headline?
Oct 21, 2010 1:50 PM CDT
She must have really fallen for that guy.