Shooting in Montargis in 2021: a man in his thirties sentenced to 25 years in prison

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Karim Abbouzi, aged 31, has been sentenced to two-thirds of his term before being eligible for release. On March 17, 2021, the accused shot and killed a 22-year-old man and seriously injured a 20-year-old man on the landing of his apartment in Montargis. The shooter was arrested less than an hour after the crime and has always admitted to being the one who fired the shots.

During the trial, his lawyer, Morgane Gaury, pleaded for acquittal on the grounds of self-defense. According to investigators, the victims and the accused had a confrontation on March 17, 2021, after weeks of tension and threats related to drug trafficking. However, the victims saw him as a potential rival.

Karim Abbouzi, who had been convicted fifteen times before the incident, was driven by *”jealousy and frustration”* because he wanted to take back a territory, according to the lawyer for the victim’s family, Paul Denizot. *“Three shots on two different victims in lethal areas, that’s what this case is about”*, summarized the magistrate, Alexandre Kling, before asking the jurors not to downplay the seriousness of the situation by saying *“it’s one drug dealer killing another”*.

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