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Russian Family Found Guilty of Murdering Elderly in Siberia

Four family members in the Siberian region of Irkutsk have been found guilty of murdering elderly retirees and stealing their money, Russia's Investigative Committee said in a statement Wednesday.

The killers comprised a 26-year-old woman, her husband, her mother and grandmother, the Irkutsk regional branch of the Investigative Committee said. An Irkutsk regional court found them guilty of multiple murders committed by an organized crime group, aggravated robbery and arson.

Their five victims were aged 75 to 87, and one was a World War II veteran, the Investigative Committee said.

The family members gained the trust of local elderly people, killed them and stole their belongings, the statement said. In all, the group gained a little over 300,000 rubles ($3,950) through their attacks, the statement said.

The male member of the group was sentenced to life in prison, his wife to 19 years, the mother to 15 years and the grandmother to 10 years in prison, the statement said.

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