A Russian judge gave a new meaning to mitigating factors in sentencing. Sergey Gavrilov, 27, killed and ate his mother in southern Russia. The judge, however, gave the man a lenient sentence on the grounds that he was hungry.
Gavrilov himself offered a curious defense: ‘I did not like the meat very much. It was too fatty. But I was so hungry, I had to eat it.’
He hit his mother with a brick and strangled her with an electric cable after she refused to give him her pension money to spend on alcohol.
After a two-day drinking binge, he turned to his mother for food, telling police “she was frozen, like meat in the freezer.” He made soup and pasta ala mother before he was arrested.
What is astonishing is that the maximum sentence for killing your mother and eating her in Russia is 15 years according to the judge. The judge still reduced the sentence to 14 years and three months due to the mitigating factors.
This leaves only playing cards with a guy named Doc as a mistake in Russia (you can, it seems, eat at a place called Mom’s).