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Suspect in 2018 murder of French Jewish woman sentenced to life in prison

A photograph of murdered Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll is placed along with flowers on the fence surrounding her building in Paris on March 28, 2018. (Francois Guillot/AFP)
A photograph of murdered Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll is placed along with flowers on the fence surrounding her building in Paris on March 28, 2018. (Francois Guillot/AFP)

Yacine Mihoub, the main suspect in the 2018 murder of French Jewish woman Mireille Knoll, is sentenced to life in prison for her killing.

The partly burned body of Knoll, an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor, was found in her apartment in central Paris after she had been stabbed 11 times and her home was set on fire.

The second suspect in the case, Alex Carrimbacus, was acquitted of the murder but sentenced to 15 years for robbing her following the killing.

Under questioning, Carrimbacus accused Mihoub of yelling “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest” in Arabic) while stabbing Knoll, and of justifying the attack by saying “Jews have money.” But Carrimbacus later walked back his testimony.

“They’re monsters,” Knoll’s son, Daniel Knoll, told reporters at the start of the trial last month. “We are expecting a very severe verdict.”

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