French woman who killed man who abused her for 24 years faces symbolic sentence and is released

“Bacot had no right to kill the man who terrorized her,” prosecutor Eric Jallet said at the trial. He therefore pleaded for a conviction of the woman without imprisoning her. Plus, “her four kids need her,” Jallet concluded.

The prosecutor then demanded a sentence of five years in prison, of which four years suspended. Bacot eventually gets four years in prison, three of which are probation. Since she has been in custody for a year, that means that Valérie Bacot is now released. Her punishment is therefore mainly symbolic.

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