Thursday, March 10, 2011

Suburban Buffalo man gets 25 to life in ambush, beheading of wife

A suburban Buffalo man was sentenced to 25 years to life yesterday in an Erie County, NY courtroom for the beheading murder of his wife. Mohammed "Mo" Hassan was sentenced to the maximum sentence, 25 years to life, for the murder of his wife Aasiya, in their Bridges TV studio in Orchard Park, NY on February 12, 2009. Hassan sneaked up on his wife, stabbed her 40 times, then cut off her head, according to prosecutors.

The murder was preceded by allegations of domestic violence. The jury took only an hour to reach their verdict on February 7, 2011.

The jury reached its verdict after 14 days of testimony and arguments spread over the course of three weeks in Erie County Court. The jury was clearly moved by the mountain of evidence and eyewitness testimony presented by Curtin Gable and fellow prosecutor Paul Bonanno depicting Hassan as a longtime spouse abuser who methodically planned the brutal, blood-soaked attack on his wife in the darkened hallway of their Bridges TV studio on Feb. 12, 2009.

Besides the 25 years to life sentence, Hassan  was also served with a no contact order placed by his eldest two children.

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