Killer Nazi, 90, Jailed for Life

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2009 5:03 PM CDT
Defendant Josef Scheungraber waves to a spectator prior to the last day of his trial in a room of the court in Munich, southern Germany, yesterday.   (AP Photo/Christof Stache)
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(Newser) – A former commander in Adolf  Hitler's army has been sentenced to life imprisonment for a massacre in Italy he ordered 65 years ago, the BBC reports. In what is expected to be one of the very last Nazi trials, a Munich court found Joseph Scheungraber guilty of murder in the killing of 10 Italian civilians in reprisal for partisan attacks. The victims were herded into a barn, which was then blown up. A 15-year-boy survived and testified at Scheungraber's trial.