(USA TODAY) A 94-year-old former SS guard at Auschwitz was convicted Friday in a German court of complicity in the murder of 170,000 people at the Nazi death camp and sentenced to five years in jail, according to media reports.
The verdict in the case against Reinhold Hanning was announced by the judge presiding over what is likely Germany's last Holocaust trials, Reuters reported. Hanning, who could have faced a 15-year sentence, will remain free pending any appeals.
Hanning admitted to the state court in Detmold during the four-month trial that he volunteered for the SS at age 18 and served in Auschwitz from January 1942 to June 1944. He said he was not involved in the killings in the camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.
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