'Sane' Breivik Gets 21 Years
Norway reaffirms commitment to multiculturalism in wake of attacks
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2012 4:09 AM CDT
Updated Aug 24, 2012 7:00 AM CDT
Anders Behring Breivik, makes a salute after arriving at an Oslo court room today. Breivik was convicted today of terrorism and premeditated murder for bomb and gun attacks that killed 77 people.   (AP Photo/Heiko Junge / NTB scanpix, Pool)

(Newser) – Anders Behring Breivik was found sane by a Norwegian court today and sentenced to the nation's maximum punishment: 21 years in prison, reports CNN. Prosecutors had asked the court to find Breivik insane, which would have sent him to a secure mental health facility, but the five-judge panel unanimously decided otherwise. The killer had a slight smile on his face when the sentence was announced. Breivik killed 77 people, mostly teenagers, just over a year ago in a gun and bomb rampage in Oslo and on Utoya Island.

Breivik, 33, insisted he was sane and an "ultranationalist," who killed his victims to fight against multiculturalism and the "Islamization" of Norway. In the wake of his massacre, Norway has mostly reasserted its commitment to multiculturalism. Breivik will serve a minimum of 10 years, including the time he has already served, in Norway's famously lenient prison system. The sentence could be extended, potentially indefinitely, if he's still considered a threat to society when his term ends. Norway does not have the death penalty. Click to read about the three-room cell he'll occupy.

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Aug 24, 2012 8:23 PM CDT
Everyone complaining about the 21 years obviously didn't read the full article. That is the maximum they can give there at any ONE time, they can extend it when the 21 years are up if they deem he is still a threat, and lets face it they will deem him a constant threat. He's not going to get out.
Aug 24, 2012 6:41 PM CDT
In the soviet union,3 men,were senteced to be harshly killed,for selling outside currency. They begged and pleaded for mercy,and nothing at all. They were villanized. And this murderer,gets an easy 21 years?
Aug 24, 2012 6:36 PM CDT
The norwegian court is basically pampering him for the good acts he has done in helping there country,he gets a gym.study and bed room all for himself. I believe that the norway justice system is insane,not brieivk,they are basically encouraging acts of violence. If he were a muslim.this would appear on the news more often and he would have gotten a harsher sentece,we will see how strictly norway will stick to its sentence with this dope!