Australian mobster, ex-FBI agent sentenced to life in prison over alleged murders
Posted November 06, 2018 08:21:20An Australian mob boss has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for murdering a mobster and his wife.
James Robert “Jay” Riggs, 55, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and racketeering in February and was sentenced on Monday.
Mr Riggs killed Michael Riggs and his girlfriend, Elizabeth Riggs in the Perth suburb of Goulburn in April 2017.
He and his partner also injured three other people and injured another person, but they escaped unharmed.
Mr Justice Paul Hickey said he would sentence Mr Riggs at the end of January.
Mr Hickey sentenced Mr Riggles parents, Lisa and John Riggs to 15 years each, and his brother, Kevin Riggs of 30 years.
In sentencing, the judge said Mr Ricks behaviour had changed since the murders and that he had changed over time, becoming a “less aggressive and aggressive person”.
“He is no longer a violent, violent criminal who would attempt to kill another person,” he said.
“His violent tendencies have subsided.”
He has changed over the years.
“The judge also said he was “shocked and horrified” by Mr Rigs actions during the murders.”
I cannot accept the jury’s verdict that you did not intend to kill Mr Riggins or his wife,” he told the couple.”
You are both a very, very sadistic, vicious and violent individual.
“He said he accepted the fact that Mr Rizzles parents had spent time in prison as a result of the murders, but he was also disappointed that the murder trial had not been able to come to a conclusion.”
As a parent of two children and a parent with an older brother who is a police officer, I would like to say to you that I am very disappointed and shocked by the decision that the jury has reached,” he added.”
The judge has said that the sentence is appropriate and is in the public interest.
“He also said Mr and Mrs Riggs had not shown any remorse.”
It is my strong belief that they have not changed over these last couple of years, as far as they are concerned,” he concluded.
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