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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

4 Get Lengthy Terms in African's Slaying

The St. Petersburg City Court on Tuesday sentenced four men to prison terms ranging from seven to 14 years for the murder of Congolese student Roland Epassak in 2005.

Andrei Gerasimov, Yury Gromov, Andrei Olenev and Dmitry Orlov, aged 19 to 26, were acquitted of the crime last July, but prosecutors appealed. After a retrial, a jury convicted the four men Thursday of beating and stabbing the 29-year-old student to death. The murder has been classified as a hate crime.

Gerasimov was sentenced to 14 years in prison, Gromov and Olenev to nine years, and Orlov, to seven years, Interfax reported.

Also Tuesday, Moscow's Nagatinsky District Court convicted and sentenced three men of assault in the April 2006 stabbing death of anti-fascist activist Alexander Ryukhin in southern Moscow. Vasily Reutsky, Andrei Antsiferov and Alexander Shitov -- members of a neo-Nazi group -- were convicted of attacking Ryukhin near the Domodedovskaya metro station and given prison sentences ranging from four to 6 1/2 years, Interfax reported. Ryukhin died instantly of a stab wound to the chest after six people attacked him. The three other suspects are still at large.