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Ladislav Scurko, the Flyers draft pick who killed a ref, sent away for 8 years

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Ladislav Scurko was drafted 170th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2004. In 2004-05, he scored 43 points in 67 games with the Western Hockey League's Seattle Thunderbirds. The following season he scored 43 points in 63 games with Seattle. After a trade to the Tri-City Americans in 2006, he scored 10 points in 12 games.

Scurko then went to Europe and played 49 games with HC Kosice and junior club HK VTJ Trebisov during the 2007-08 season. In January that year, he killed a referee named Marek Liptaj, a crime he admitted to police in 2009. He later recanted but today was convicted of that crime and given a minimum eight-year sentence.

Via Yahoo!'s Puck Daddy, here's a translated report from Slovakia's Korzar:

The conclusions of the psychiatric examinations Ščurko act committed in a state of diminished sanity, the court considered a mitigating factor and therefore imposed a sentence at the lower rate.

The court imposed a protective psychiatric outpatient treatment by a prisoner. The sentences him among the facilities for imprisonment with moderate surveillance.

A state of diminished sanity. That sounds so nice.