Norwegian police fined a 21-year-old man 10,000 krone, around $1,300, for fraud after he admitted accepting a cash payment to kill a 17-year-old without intending to carry out the job.
A different 21-year-old contracted the man fined for fraud to murder the 17-year-old after the teen rejected his romantic advances.
Norwegian authorities said they could not prove the alleged hit man had any intent to complete the task, so police could only charge him with fraud.
The man accepted the fraud charge and paid the fine, police said.
Police sentenced the 21-year-old who arranged the hit to two years in prison, but suspended most of the sentence after the suspect confessed.
The local Varden newspaper reported the man who ordered the hit said he paid the man 60,000 krone to complete the job, while the other man said he collected 40,000 krone.
Fraud in Norway can result in imprisonment for up to three years or fines, while the maximum prison sentence for planning and facilitating premeditated homicide is 21 years.
The maximum prison term for fraud in in the U.S. is 20 years in federal prison, according to the United States Sentencing Commission. Depending on the state, a first-degree murder conviction can lead to life imprisonment or the death penalty.
Norway’s justice system places more emphasis on restorative justice rather than the U.S. inclination towards a retributive model, reported Max Fisher, in an article for The Atlantic. “Proponents of (Norway’s) system might argue that it emphasizes healing: for the victims, for the society, and, yes, for the criminal him or herself,” Fisher noted.