BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita says the New York State Supreme Court will uphold the conviction of a man who killed his step son.
On October 18th, 2012 a jury convicted Ali Mohamad Mohamud of second-degree murder. He was convicted of binding, gagging, striking and killing 10-year-old Abtifadah. The judge imposed a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison.
Mohamud claimed he was denied a fair trial. The judge refused to submit the extreme emotion defense to the jury. That defense would have reduced the murder charge to manslaughter if proven.