Saturday, September 19, 2009

Buffalo man sentenced to 19 years for manslaughter of wife

A Buffalo man was sentenced to 19 years for killing his wife last January. Akhmed Burnell strangled his wife, 28 year old Akia, in January , hiding her body in a closer. When police were called to Burnell's home to investigate a drug overdose, they found Akia's body.

Burnell, 33, was apologetic and insisted he regretted what he described as her accidental death as they argued. She died of asphyxiation. He previously pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter after a Erie County grand jury indicted him in April on one count of second-degree [murder].

Women relatives of the victim questioned whether Akia's death was accidental, noting that her body was deliberately his in a closet. They also noted that her funeral was closed casket.

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