MOSCOW, December 28 (RAPSI) – Jury on Monday found soldier Ramil Shamsutdinov guilty of deadly shooting in a military unit, RAPSI learnt from the head of the International Advocacy Group Agora Pavel Chikov.

However, jurors held the defendant deserved leniency, according to the statement. When delivering sentence, a court is to consider mitigating circumstances but cannot take aggravating circumstances into account.

According to the jury verdict, a judge may impose not more than two-thirds of the maximum sentence on him. Thus, the defendant will avoid life imprisonment, Chikov stated.

The soldier was charged with killing two or more people.

According to investigators, on October 25, 2019, Shamsutdinov shot two officers and six soldiers dead in the military unit where he served. Two other people suffered gunshot wounds. On October 28, a garrison military court in Chita, a city in Russia’s Zabaikalye Territory, placed Shamsutdinov in detention.