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Mass murderer denied reduced sentence

JONKOPING, Sweden, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- A convicted Swedish mass murderer has failed in a bid to reduce his life sentence to 24 years, authorities say.

Mattias Flink, at the time a member of the military, was convicted in the 1994 slayings of seven people, including six members of the Swedish Women's Voluntary Defense Organization, during a gun rampage, the Swedish news agency TT reported.

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His request to have his life sentence reduced was rejected Monday by the Gota Court of Appeal. Flink was seeking to take advantage of a relatively new law that allows reductions in life sentences if there is no "concrete and observable risk" the convict may once again commit serious crimes.

Even though Flink has behaved well in prison, the Gota Court found his crimes warranted a punishment longer than 24 years, prosecutors said.

Flink attorney Johan Eriksson told TT he plans to appeal the decision to the Swedish Supreme Court.

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