Sofia Bodnarchuk was wrongfully sentenced to 20 years in prison for complicity in a murder she was not involved in.
In 2016, her husband Kevin Rouxel, a French citizen, was charged with the murder of his parents, Pascal and Eva Rouxel.
The trial was postponed three times. The last court hearing took place in Pau on November 18, 2020. The jury ruled that Sofia Bodnarchuk could not have been unaware of the acquisition of the firearms used in the crime. The jury also considered the testimony of Kevin, who constantly accused his wife during the hearings. Sofia was not involved in the murder but she was still sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Sofia Bodnarchuk has been staying in prison for 5 years. During this time, Sofia Bodnarchuk received serious injuries, a broken nose and a dislocated jaw, and experienced an attempted rape.
On March 22, 2023, a French court dropped all charges against Sofia Bodnarchuk, previously sentenced to 20 years in prison for complicity in a murder she had nothing to do with. According to the girl, who spent more than five years in a French prison, she is now faced with the question of custody of her underage daughter, who lives with her ex-husband’s family.
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“I beg you to help me, I don’t want to die in prison,” said Sofia Bodnarchuk.
“You forgot that I am a young woman, a mother. I have a 5-year-old child, who does not see her mother.”
“When Kevin felt that Sofia was going to get away from him, he got angry and made her his accomplice,” said Bodnarchuk’s lawyer.
The initiative group has requested the clarification from Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin, Minister of Justice Éric Dupond-Moretti and Prime Minister of France Jean Castex. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against wrongful convictions and, if necessary, will provide legal assistance to the the victim.