MOSCOW, June 19 (RAPSI) – The North Caucasus District Military Court has sentenced ex-major of the Federal Security Service (FSB) Pavel Sterlyagov to 9 years in high security prison for murder under the influence of alcohol, the lawyer for injured party Victoria Sheveleva has told RAPSI.

Jurors have found Sterlyagov guilty of killing Khusey Makitov, a resident of Kabardino-Balkaria, the republic in southwestern Russia. However, they have held that the defendant deserves leniency, the attorney has said.

According to the investigation, on April 5, 2018, dithered Sterlyagov and his colleague came to a café to continue to drink alcohol. When leaving the drinkery Sterlyagov walked up to a car where Makitov was sitting and asked him to drive to a certain place. Makitov refused saying that he was not a taxi man. Then Sterlyagov knifed him 10 times. The victim died from wounds, according to case papers.