The verdict fell on Tuesday July 5: Jean-Marc Reiser was sentenced to life imprisonment with 22 years of security. Before the statement was issued, the 61-year-old man took the floor one last time to make a specific request to the jurors.
He received the maximum sentence he faced. Jean-Marc Reiser, 61, was sentenced on Tuesday July 5 to life imprisonment with 22 years of security for the assassination of Sophie Le Tan, in 2018. According to Le Parisien, the man is “remained stoic, hands in the back and gaze towards the ground” at the time of the announcement of the verdict. Before the decision of the jurors was rendered, Jean-Marc Reiser had asked, during a last speech, for a “just” sentence, declaring that he had no never intended or premeditated the death of the 20-year-old student.”I hope that you can judge serenely, that it be an equitable, just verdict, not a summary execution (…) In this fury that I still cannot explain to myself today, there was nothing premeditated . I didn’t particularly blame Sophie Le Tan, I had nothing against her.“Once again, Jean-Marc Reiser lamented being portrayed”like a monster” in what he describes as a “kind of media lynching”. The 61-year-old also addressed Sophie Le Tan’s family, while keeping “head down“. He said to face “their immense pain“, adding that he understood that he could not be forgiven.”I’m guilty of their daughter’s death even though I didn’t want it. This will haunt me for the rest of my days”he added.
Sophie Le Tan case: reminder of the facts
On September 7, 2018, Sophie Le Tan, 20, a student in economics and management in the Haut-Rhin, went to an apartment visit in the town of Schiltigheim, in the suburbs of Strasbourg. This is the last time she gives any sign of life. In January 2021, Jean-Marc Reiser, the author of the ad, confessed to the murder of the young woman. He says he beat Sophie Le Tan after being rejected by the latter, who pushed him away when he tried to kiss her. Jean-Marc Reiser explains that he then dismembered the body of the student “in 20 minutes“, before transporting him in a suitcase and then burying him in the forest. The remains of Sophie Le Tan were discovered more than a year later, on October 23, 2019, by walkers.