I find this quite strange. Most crimes committed by Gypsies go by the board; they never get rounded up and punished. But this particular crime hit a nerve with Bulgarians hence the media coverage and resulting sentences.
Nine Roma cherry thieves have been sentenced to 92 years in prison for the gruesome killing of an orchard farmer two years ago, an appeals court ruled on Friday.
Plamen Momchilov, 42, was beaten to death by the Roma after he tried to stop them from invading the garden he guarded and steal the valuable cherries.
The crime occurred on June 23, 2009 in a village near the town of Kyustendil, Western Bulgaria.
The Roma, who were armed with sticks and shovel handles, have confessed to the crime. They have been until now free, pending the appeal.
The attack triggered an outrage in the region, prompting authorities to impose tough measures and deploy armed police, equipped with night-vision goggles.