A judge in Buffalo, NY on Wednesday (3/9) sentenced Muzzammil Hassan to the maximum of 25 years to life. He had been convicted by a jury of second degree murder for beheading his wife in the studios of Bridges TV in 2009.
According to the Buffalo News, the office of Erie County Court Judge Thomas Franczyk had been flooded with letters from friends and relatives of Aasiya Hassan urging that Muzzammil “Mo” Hassan receive the maximum sentence. In court on Wednesday, the judge told Hassan that he was convinced that the killing was premeditated and that the man deserved the maximum possible sentence.
Having already served two years while his trial was pending, Hassan will be eligible for parole in 23 years, when he is 69. He is expected to appeal. The former cable TV channel executive has maintained that he, not his late wife, was the victim of spousal abuse.
Bridges TV, whose mission is to present a positive image of Muslim Americans, continues to operate without its founder. According to Wikipedia, it is primarily funded by Wall Street entrepreneur Omar Amanat.