Prosecutor wants life for German cannibal

FRANKFURT, Germany, May 3 (UPI) -- A German prosecutor wants a confessed cannibal to be sent to prison for the rest of his life, bypassing the law allowing for parole after 15 years.

Marcus Kohler said Armin Meiwes, also known as the "Butcher of Rotenburg," doesn't deserve to be free and warned the public would be in danger if he was.


Deutsche Welle reports this is Meiwes' second trial after a judge dismissed a manslaughter verdict and an eight-and-a-half-year sentence he thought was too light.

Meiwes is accused cutting off Bernd Jurgen Brandes' penis after the two had sex, then stabbing him in the throat, cutting other body parts and eating his flesh -- all on video tape.

Meiwes' attorney claims Brandes wanted to be killed and eaten and Meiwes was only following his wishes, which makes him ineligible for murder and only guilty of "killing on demand," worth a five-year sentence.

Kohler said Brandes was still alive when he was stabbed and that eating his flesh was another crime as well.

He said Meiwes committed the act to feel powerful and recorded it so he could watch it over again.


Co-Prosecutor Annette von Schmiedeberg said Meiwes would commit similar crimes again and urged the court to lock him away for life.

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