FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 file photo, video evidence of British model Chloe Ayling is played in court during a trial on the alleged kidnapping of the model last summer, in a Milan courtroom, Italy. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, file)
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Lukasz Herba, the 30-year-old defendant, got a 16-year, nine-month sentence that exceeded the prosecutor's request.The lawyer for British model Chloe Ayling, Francesco Pesce, called it "quite an important verdict". He said he would seek half a million euros ($590,000) in compensation in separate proceedings, while conceding it was unlikely that Herba would be able to pay. In his closing arguments, prosecutor Paolo Storari had demanded 16 years and eight months in prison for Herba, citing the possibility that Ayling could have died during the July 11-17, 2017 kidnapping. Herba denied guilt throughout the trial, and claimed that Ayling agreed to the scheme to boost her career. She was zipped inside a canvas pack and transported to a secluded farmhouse in neighboring Piedmont. There she was held for six days before Herba released her at the British consulate in Milan.
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