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American convicted of murder in Indonesia, sentenced to 18 years

 An Indonesian court convicted an American of murdering his girlfriend’s mother and sentenced him to 18 years in jail.

The Denpasar District Court ruled Tuesday that Tommy Schaefer, 21, was guilty of battering Sheila von Wiese-Mack to death in a hotel room on the resort island of Bali. Schaefer’s girlfriend, Heather Mack, 19, was sentenced to 10 years in jail in connection with the Aug. 12 murder.

Schaefer and Mack, both from Chicago, were tried separately in the same court with the same judges and prosecutors.

They were arrested a day after the body of von Wiese-Mack, 62, was found in a suitcase inside the trunk of a taxi at the St. Regis Bali Resort.

At the time of their arrest, Heather Mack claimed an armed gang killed her mother, and that she and Schaefer managed to escape after being kidnapped by the same gang. But investigators alleged that surveillance video showed the mother and daughter arguing in the hours before von Wiese-Mack died.

An autopsy found that the victim died of asphyxiation after her nose was broken by a blunt blow. Other bones were broken in her head and face, and wounds on her hands indicate she tried to defend herself, Indonesian authorities say.

Source: ABC News

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