>> A German court has handed down it's toughest sentence to a neo-Nazi gang member for her part in the murders of ten people. Beate Zschape was part of the Nationalist Socialist Underground, whose members killed eight Turks, a Greek, and a German policewoman, during a seven year campaign of racially motivated violence.
Her closely watched trial spanned five years and ended on Wednesday with Zschape sentenced to life in prison. She denies taking part in the murders with two men who killed themselves in 2011, when police discovered the gang by chance. During the trial, she said through her lawyer that she felt morally guilty for not stopping them.
Last week, she told the court she didn't know how the victims were chosen, and only realized the full extent of the crimes after she turned herself in. Prosecutors say she played a key role behind the scenes, planning the killings and arranging money and alibis. The NSU attacks were the most violent of their kind in Germany since the end of the far left Red Army Factions two-decade killing spree in 1991, which left at least 34 dead.
Zschape's lawyers had urged the court to convict her of the lesser charges of arson and robberyy, and say they will appeal the ruling.