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A 440-pound Italian man butchered his girlfriend in 2017 over an argument about his slobbish eating habits. Despite receiving a 30-year sentence, Dimitri Fricano, 35, recently waddled out of prison because a court in Turin, Italy, ruled his dietary needs were not being met on the inside. Instead, he will serve out the remainder of his sentence lounging around his parents' house.
Fricano stabbed 25-year-old Erika Preti 57 times while on vacation in Sardinia in June 2017. The victim apparently drew the corpulent killer's ire by complaining about all of the breadcrumbs he had left in their shared hotel bed.
The Italian outlet La Stampa reported that Fricano initially claimed he and his beloved had fallen victim to a raid by hooded robbers. "They wanted the money," said Fricano. "First they beat me, they knocked me down, then they attacked Erika."
As the evidence began stacking up against him, Fricano later admitted to the murder.
The Nuoro magistrate presiding over Fricano's case accepted prosecutor Riccardo Belfiori's request for the maximum sentence of 30 years in 2019. However, owing to delays caused by COVID-19, the murderer was not imprisoned at Le Vallette in Turin until April 2022.
The murderer's delayed prison sentence has now been cut short.
A supervisory court recently decided to let Fricano hang out at home with his parents "because he is obese and a heavy smoker" and needs both a low-calorie diet and assistance the prison cannot provide. It appears having prison staff curtail the murderer's intake of food and consumption of over 100 cigarettes a day was not an option.
L'Unione Sarda, a Sardinian newspaper, reported Fricano complained of being wheelchair bound, restricted in his movements, and unwashed. In addition to these grievances, the Turin Surveillance Court heard that the murderer suffers frequent episodes of "binge eating."
In his first year in prison, Fricano's weight ballooned from 264 pounds to nearly 441 pounds, reported the Telegraph.
Evidently moved by the murderer's self-inflicted misery and convinced of his "great sense of guilt towards the victim ... and towards her family," the surveillance court agreed to send him home, according to the Italian paper Corriere della Sera.
The victim's father, Fabrizio Preti, told Corriere della Sera, "It's a shameful decision. I knew he wouldn't serve 30 years in prison, but six is really too few. You don't wish death on anyone, but this story would only end like this."
"When some friends let me know, after reading it online, that Dimitri had been sent under house arrest, a wound was reopened," said Fabrizio Preti. "It was like being stabbed in the heart."
The victim's father said that his lawyer suggested that "they can no longer treat him in prison and for this reason they decided to send him home to his parents. I had learned that in January he had been transferred to hospital for a few days but then returned to prison. ... [H]e assured me that if he were to recover, he would return to his cell. I don't believe it very much."
The killer will serve his sentence in the Biella area, just over a mile away from the childhood home of his victim.
Fabrizio Preti underscored that while Fricano has admitted to ruining everything, "he never asked for forgiveness and we will never be willing to give it to him."
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Joseph MacKinnon is a staff writer for Blaze News.