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Killer of 11-year-old German Banker's Son is Sentenced to Life in Prison - 2003-07-28

A German student who confessed to killing the 11-year-old son of a prominent banker has been sentenced to life in prison.

The court ruled that Magnus Gaefgen would have to serve 18 years in prison before being eligible for parole, instead of the usual 15 years, due to the severity of the crime.

Gaefgen lured the boy, Jakob von Metzler, into his apartment in September, suffocated him, then wrapped the body in plastic and dumped it near a lake.

He demanded $1 million from the family, which owns and runs the Frankfurt-based Metzler Bank.

The case drew controversy after Frankfurt police admitted they threatened to use force against Gaefgen during questioning, believing the boy could still be alive.