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2019-01-16

Prosecutor seeks 20-year prison terms for Denis Ten's suspected killers

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ALMATY -- A prosecutor in Kazakhstan Wednesday (January 16) asked an Almaty court to sentence two suspects accused of murdering Olympic figure skater Denis Ten to 20 years in prison, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported.

Arman Qudaibergenov and Nuraly Qiyasov allegedly killed Ten in Almaty July 19 after he confronted them while they were trying to steal the side-view mirrors of his car, according to prosecutors.

Qiyasov confessed to fatally stabbing Ten.

The two men pleaded guilty of theft but not guilty to premeditated murder, contending that they had not planned to kill the skater.

The prosecutor also recommended a four-year sentence for a third defendant, Janar Tolybayeva, for theft and failure to report a crime. She testified that she did not see the stabbing and that she was aware only of the attempted theft of Ten's car mirrors.

Ten, 25, won bronze at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, making him the first Central Asian figure skater to win an Olympic medal.

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