Appeals court confirms life sentence for Swedish gunman, adds further convictions

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A Swedish appeals court has convicted the gunman in a spate of shootings that mainly targeted immigrants of three further attempted murders, and upheld his life sentence.

The appeals court in the southern city of Malmo said Thursday that 41-year-old Swede Peter Mangs was guilty of two murders and a total of eight attempted murders. It said the crimes were of such gravity that no other sentence but life could be considered.

Mangs had appealed his convictions and sentence from the Malmo District Court last November. He was sentenced two years after he was arrested for more than a dozen shootings that police had linked to a single gunman.

About 40 percent of Malmo's 300,000 residents are first- or second-generation immigrants.