Murderer of Gyumri Family to Appeal against Sentence

Valery Permyakov, a Russian soldier accused of killing seven members of the Avetisian family in Gyumri, is tried by a Russian military court on August 12, 2015 (Source: Photolure)
Valery Permyakov, a Russian soldier accused of killing seven members of the Avetisian family in Gyumri, is tried by a Russian military court on August 12, 2015 (Source: Photolure)

Valery Permyakov, a Russian soldier accused of killing seven members of the Avetisian family in Gyumri, is tried by a Russian military court on August 12, 2015 (Source: Photolure)

MOSCOW (RAPSI) – A court in Armenia will consider an appeal against the life sentence given to the Russian soldier Valery Permyakov, who had killed seven members of a family in the city of Gyumri, RIA Novosti reported on Monday citing press-service of the Armenian Justice Department.

The appeal lodged on September 7 is connected with charges of attempted border crossing, attorney Eduard Agadzhanyan said earlier.

On August 23, a court in Armenia sentenced Permyakov to life in prison. He was found guilty on all accounts including murder, assault related to robbery and attempt to cross the border illegally.

As Permyakov had pleaded guilty to the murder, the lawyer could not appeal these charges, according to legal ethics. That’s why Agadzhanyan has lodged an appeal against the sentence regarding attempted border crossing.

The family, including a six-month-old baby, was killed as a result of an armed assault on January 12, 2015. Valery Permyakov, a soldier at a Russian base in the Armenian town of Gyumri, was arrested and later charged with the murder of two or more persons under the Armenian Criminal Code.

On August 12, 2015, Permyakov was found guilty of desertion, theft of weapons and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The murder case was singled out for considering it in a separate procedure and passed to the Armenian authorities.

On October 13, 2015, Permyakov was found sane despite certain deviations. According to experts, he was not in the heat of passion while committing the crime and could recognize the consequences of his actions.

On October 16, he was additionally charged with armed assault, home-invasion robbery and attempted border crossing.

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