Convicted Murderer Who Reportedly Stabbed Girlfriend Over Food Fight Freed From Prison For Being Too Fat

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A convicted murderer who reportedly stabbed his girlfriend over a food fight was recently freed from prison in Italy as a result of his plus-sized privilege.

Dimitri Fricano, who weighed more than 260 pounds when he was arrested, was released from jail to serve the rest of his 30-year sentence at his Biella home after his weight soared past 440 pounds, according to The Sun.

The prison cited Fricano as a health risk, claiming that they could not provide the low-calorie diet necessary for the suspect to slim down, the outlet reported. Fricano needed crutches or a wheelchair to move around the prison while he was incarcerated.

Fricano admitted to killing Erika Preti, his 25-year-old girlfriend, after falsely claiming robbers killed her, according to the outlet. The 35-year-old suspect eventually revealed that the two were vacationing at a San Teodoro beach when they got into an argument that escalated to violence.

The victim was stabbed dozens of times by Fricano after insulting the suspect for leaving crumbs and hitting him with a paperweight, Fricano said, according to the outlet. The suspect’s defense lawyers argued that Fricano suffers from anxiety-depressive bulimia syndrome, personality disorder and sleep apnea. (RELATED: U.S. Active Duty Military Personnel Obesity Rates Surpass 20%, Report Says)

“She insulted me for the bread and then hit me in the head. So I killed her,” Fricano said.

Judges said that the overweight offender must be removed from the prison because the institution could not provide proper accommodations, the outlet reported. The decision angered the victim’s family, who said, “The pain is too strong for him to be released too soon.”