By Trisha Sertori
Heather Mack and Tommy Schaefer, both from the Chicago area, were arrested last August after staff at a luxury hotel discovered the body of Mack’s mother, Sheila von Wiese-Mack, in an abandoned suitcase in a taxi.
The pair were tried separately in Denpasar District Court and it was not immediately clear if they would appeal.
“Although I do take full responsibility for my actions, I am not a murderer,” he told Reuters after hearing the verdict.
Prosecutors had called for a 15-year sentence for Mack, 19, because she faced a lesser charge and because she recently gave birth to a baby girl.
“10 years is better than the 15 years sought by the prosecution, so (we’re) happy,” said Ni Ketut Novi Sri Wirani, Mack’s lawyer.