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Muslim TV exec gets 25 years to life for wife’s beheading

Former television executive Muzzammil “Mo” Hassan was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Wednesday for the beheading death of his wife.

Hassan was convicted of second-degree murder last month.

In imposing the sentence, Erie County, New York Judge Thomas Franczyk also issued a protection order on behalf of Hassan’s two children who, according to the Judge, want nothing more to do with their father.

CNN writes:

The sentence was the maximum amount Franczyk could impose under state law, said Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita. He said the sentence was “a perfectly appropriate sentence under the circumstances and considering the violent nature of the crime and a lack of genuine remorse by the defendant.”

The sentence basically means life, he said — Hassan will not be “eligible to talk to the parole board” for 25 years. “The chances of him getting out before his sentence is completed is not going to happen,” Sedita said. […]

According to prosecutors, Aasiya Hassan had filed for divorce less than a week before she died. […]

During the trial, Michael and Sonia Hassan testified that their father had become violent in the past, CNN affiliate WIVB in Buffalo reported.
While both said the couple argued, neither recalled a case in which Aasiya — their stepmother — instigated a fight.

Police earlier said they had responded to several domestic violence calls at the couple’s home, but no one had ever been arrested.

In 2004 Hassan launched Bridges TV, billed as the first English-language cable channel targeting Muslims inside the United States. At the time Hassan said he hoped the network would balance negative portrayals of Muslims following the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Jury finds New York TV executive guilty of murder for wife’s beheading

(CNN) — After a three-week trial and one hour of deliberations, an upstate New York jury on Monday found Muzzammil “Mo” Hassan guilty of second-degree murder for beheading his wife.

In February 2009, Hassan, who founded a TV network aimed at countering Muslim stereotypes, went to a police station in the Buffalo, New York, suburb of Orchard Park and told officers his wife was dead, police have said.

Aasiya Hassan had been decapitated, with prosecutor Paul Bonanno saying during opening arguments that the long knife used by her husband had left marks on his office’s tile floor.
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According to prosecutors, Aasiya Hassan had filed for divorce less than a week before she died.
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During the trial, Michael and Sonia Hassan testified that their father had become violent in the past, CNN affiliate WIVB in Buffalo reported.

While both said the couple argued, neither recalled a case in which Aasiya — their stepmother — instigated a fight.

Police earlier said they had responded to several domestic violence calls at the couple’s home, but no one had ever been arrested.

Hassan was the chief executive officer of the network Bridges TV, and Aasiya Hassan was the general manager.

He launched Bridges TV, billed as the first English-language cable channel targeting Muslims inside the United States, in 2004. At the time, Hassan said he hoped the network would balance negative portrayals of Muslims following the attacks of September 11, 2001.
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– Source / Full Story: Jury finds New York TV executive guilty of murder for wife’s beheading, CNN, Feb. 8, 2011 — Summarized by Religion News Blog

Psychiatric defense likely in NY wife beheading

Muzzammil Hassan A man accused of beheading his wife at the Muslim-American television station they founded is likely to pursue a psychiatric defense in the murder case.

Muzzammil Hassan is the founder of Bridges TV — an Islamic television station in upstate New York aimed at countering Muslim stereotypes.

Hassan was charged with second-degree murder after police found the decapitated body of his wife, Aasiya Hassan. [Read more...]

Muslim accused of beheading his wife appears in court

Muzzammil Hassan A Buffalo, New York-area man accused of beheading his estranged wife made his first appearance in court Wednesday to face murder charges, according to the district attorney.

Muzzammil Hassan, 44, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 37-year-old wife, Aasiya Zubair Hassan, days after she filed for divorce and was granted a restraining order against him. [Read more...]