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Man gets 6 years prison for killing of MN student in the Netherlands

Sarah Papenheim was stabbed multiple times last December.

The man who killed a student from the Twin Cities who was studying in the Netherlands will spend 6 years in prison and indefinite psychiatric detention over her death.

Joel Schelling, 24, was sentenced in Rotterdam this week for the brutal stabbing of Sarah Papenheim, a 21-year-old drummer from Andover who was studying at Erasmus University, on Dec. 12, 2018.

He was ultimately convicted of manslaughter and not murder, because premeditation could not be proven, reports NLTimes, and after serving his prison sentence will be placed on psychiatric hold.

It had previously been reported that Schelling was experiencing mental health problems, with Papenheim – who was studying psychology at Erasmus – having spoken with him about the struggles he was experiencing.

But his behavior escalated to the point that six days before her death, Papenheim texted a friend in Minnesota saying: "My roommate told me he's gonna kill 3 people. So I'm gonna have to go to the police."

Her mother, Donee Odegard, told a Dutch broadcaster that the sentence is "bulls***," saying: "I just feel that injustice has been had here, and I was hoping this country would step up and protect my daughter, at least give her some respect afterwards.

"But to hear that he's probably going to be out in four years. I am appalled."

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Dutch News reports that during the trial, Schelling said he couldn't remember the killing, only that he knew he was angry with Papenheim. She was found with 27 stab wounds.

The court was told that Schelling had been suffering psychosis at the time, with experts saying he had schizophrenia.

Papenheim was known in the Twin Cities as a talented blues drummer, with FOX 9 reporting a tribute concert was held in Northeast Minneapolis following her death.

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