The five convicted carabinieri were arrested on July 22 last year after a long investigation by the Guardia di Finanza: they were all on trial for drug dealing, abuse of office, torture
Twelve years for the constable Giuseppe Montella, considered the true leader of the carabinieri group of the Levante barracks in Piacenza, which was closed last year after drug dealing and torture on those arrested emerged. And the sentence came from the abbreviated. In addition to him, the accused with the most charges, for which sixteen years had been asked, severe sentences, even if lower than the demands of the prosecutor, also arrived for the other four who were at the stand with him. The five convicted carabinieri were arrested on 22 July last year after a long investigation by the Guardia di Finanza: they were all on trial for drug dealing, abuse of office, torture. Crimes committed in the previous months, especially during the first lockdown and during the Coronavirus wave that hit the city of Piacenza very hard. The investigation lasted months with the use of wiretapping and stalking, born from the confidences of a pusher on the illegal methods used by the military, had led to the seizure of the entire barracks where they served, and to the arrest, among others. , also of the marshal who commanded it. Because that carabinieri barracks lived a parallel life, made up of drugs seized and then resold and methods that should have nothing to do with a place of that type. “This trial – says the chief prosecutor of Piacenza Grazia Pradella at the exit of the court – even before the victims themselves, that is the people beaten and illegitimately arrested, offends the healthy part, which is the vast majority, of the Carabinieri: I believe that the weapon should be considered satisfied that it has received justice, including compensatory justice, here “. The five soldiers have all chosen the shortened procedure which allows them to obtain a discount on the sentence. In addition to Montella, his colleague Salvatore Cappellano was sentenced to 8 years in prison against the 14 requested by the Piacenza prosecutors. The officer Giacomo Falanga was sentenced to 6 years of imprisonment (13 had been requested), while the sentence for the former commander of the barracks, Marshal Marco Orlando is 4 years out of the 5 requested by the prosecution. Carabiniere Daniele Spagnolo, for whom more than 7 years had been asked, was sentenced to 3 years and 4 months of imprisonment. Now the only procedural position that remains to be defined is that of the carabiniere Angelo Esposito who has chosen the ordinary rite.