A person pleaded responsible to murdering his mom whereas he was a youngster after which discovered his destiny at an unusually lengthy sentencing listening to for having her physique fall out of an higher stage window of his Farmington Hills house.
On the conclusion of a listening to that lasted almost 4 hours in Oakland County Circuit Courtroom, Choose Martha Anderson ordered Muhammad Altantawi to spend the subsequent 35 to 60 years in jail for the homicide of 35-year-old Nada Huranih.
Altantawi was 16 when she killed her mom and staged a scene with a ladder, Tilex and different objects to make it seem as if she had fallen from a window whereas cleansing. Investigators decided that he died of suffocation. He additionally had extreme bruises on his head.
Final March, a jury discovered Altantavi responsible of first diploma premeditated homicide for manslaughter within the household’s 10,000-square-foot house on Howard Highway. The now 21-year-old has maintained his innocence and informed the court docket that he hopes to be acquitted.
Based on the testimony of his sister, Aya Altantawi, Altantawi was reportedly upset together with her mom for submitting for divorce from her father, Basel Altantawi, and for defying conventional Arab tradition – together with working outdoors the house, not carrying a hijab. and carrying sticky garments. , throughout testing. Aya Altantawi additionally testified that his brother had a foul relationship together with his mom however was very near his father.
Cellphone proof introduced in the course of the trial included a textual content dialog through which Huranih mentioned she had details about her estranged husband that might land her in jail for monetary crimes. Prosecutors mentioned Altantawi’s homicide was geared toward stopping that data from popping out and getting his father into authorized hassle. Hurranih died two days earlier than the assertion was set for divorce.
‘A talented liar’
Simply earlier than the sentence was introduced, Altantawi informed the choose that he had been arrested 5 years earlier in what was “the worst crime conceivable” and had been wrongfully convicted.
“I didn’t kill my mom by strangulation, suffocation, sedation or another means,” he mentioned. He additionally claimed that police had “hundreds of thousands of different suspects unnoticed,” and that they’re “assured that the conviction shall be reversed.”
Altantawi additional claimed that “nobody has ever harm my mom greater than me.”
And he informed the choose that his sentence did not actually matter to him.
“I do not care if I am sentenced to 40 years or 80,000 years. I do not care… I have never gone by way of something in life within the final 5 years – examine to something I’ve gone by way of My mom would by no means,” he mentioned.
Altantawi additionally informed the court docket that “the one factor that issues, the one factor that ever issues is my mom… was taken and killed on the age of 35.”
In response, County Chief Plaintiff John Skrzynski, who tried the case, mentioned: “He was not turned away, he was not killed. He murdered her.”
“The proof was so convincing, the jury returned the decision in two hours,” he mentioned.
Skrzynski requested the choose to condemn Altantawi to 40 to 80 years in jail, calling him a “very expert liar training within the artwork of deception”.
“He killed his mom head to head together with his naked arms. Society wants safety from this… Punishment is one thing it wants,” Skrzynski mentioned.
After the listening to outdoors the courtroom, Cerzynski mentioned, “the choose received it proper.”
“(Altantawi) believes in his personal model of what occurred, utterly opposite to the proof. He finds himself unable to consider he killed his mom,” Skrzynski mentioned. He additionally mentioned he hoped Altantawi would obtain psychological or psychiatric care in jail.
“I feel he wants it, I hope he seems to be into it – it could’t harm,” Skrzynski mentioned.
After his trial, Altantawi fired his group of legal professionals and commenced working as his lawyer. At Wednesday’s listening to earlier than his sentencing, he spent almost two hours objecting to phrases, phrases and generally whole paragraphs of his pre-sentence investigation report from the county’s probation workplace, claiming irrelevance and inaccuracies — and that Considerations that this might negatively have an effect on Anderson led to extreme punishment. The bizarre try, at instances, appeared to check the endurance of the choose—who granted a few of his requests to alter or remove a comparatively minor portion of the report, however left a lot of it unchanged.
A pre-criminal investigation report is a normal doc containing background data on the offense and the individual convicted of it.
Amongst his objections was how the Syrian tradition of him and his household, in addition to his perception in Islam, was portrayed – claiming it confirmed “bias and bigotry”. He additionally took situation with the police report of the crime and details about an incident the place officers had been known as house as his mom mentioned that he was taking part in with knives. He objected to an evaluation by a probation officer of his stage of intelligence, well being and alternative for rehabilitation. And he challenged references to his father’s conviction for home violence in opposition to his mom and having a “shut relationship” together with her. Anderson denied most of his challenges, deciding that they had been in reality correct and relative to his case and pre-sentence investigation studies.
Whereas Altantawi claimed that the Prosecution and/or Probation Division was “looking for something to make use of in opposition to[her],” Anderson mentioned her choice of sentencing builds on a number of challenges discovered in the course of the trial and people of different courts. was primarily based. The proceedings lasted for almost 5 years for the reason that fee of the crime. Anderson additionally famous that she had by no means presided over a sentencing listening to that “lasted 4 hours.”
A number of instances throughout Altantawi’s dissection of the pre-conviction report, Anderson exhorted her to intervene and argue together with her. Assistant Prosecutor John Skrzynski additionally weighed in repeatedly, saying Altantavi’s claims that he performed a job within the report and different allegations had been “the paranoia that everybody is attempting to do to him.”
“It isn’t taking place on this courtroom,” Skrzynski mentioned.
‘I misplaced the whole lot’
Altantawi’s 19-year-old sister, Aya Altantawi, introduced two sufferer impression statements – one from relations residing in Syria and London, and one other that described how the homicide affected her. Within the assertion learn on behalf of overseas kin, Huranih was described as “sort and beneficiant to everybody in his life… with essentially the most fantastic coronary heart and soul”.
As well as, it was alleged that Altantawi was “pressured” by his father to kill him. These relations requested that Altantawi be given life imprisonment.
In her private sufferer impression assertion, Aya Altantawi has suffered “heartache and acute trauma” for the previous 5 years. Now that the trial was over and the sentencing would quickly comply with, she mentioned she “does not know what to do with my life.”
Addressing his brother, Aya mentioned: “I do not know why you probably did what you probably did, I knew you hated us however I did not know you hated us a lot.” She additionally mentioned that she did not hate her brother and by no means may,” but struggles day by day pondering “when issues shall be alright.”
“I’ve misplaced the whole lot… I like you, however I am going to always remember what you probably did. My solely concern is your egocentric, delusional frame of mind,” she mentioned. “You made your mattress, now you need to lie in it.”
Aya additionally mentioned that she hopes her mom is “in a greater place the place she does not have to fret about her security.”
Basel Altantawi additionally had a sufferer impression assertion to submit, however after the choose decided that he was utilizing the chance to talk excessively about his son, he was described as loving, caring and a Described as a job mannequin, which he by no means was. nuisance.
Anderson stopped Basel Altantawi a number of instances earlier than ending his time on the stand. Exhibiting rising desperation, Anderson warned her, saying: “The victim-impact assertion is about how your spouse’s demise affected you. It isn’t meant to glorify your son.” Then he ordered her to take a seat.
Sentencing Altantawi, Anderson mentioned that Hurranih’s homicide “can solely be described as a really heinous crime.”
“To say it was a horrible scenario can be an understatement,” Anderson mentioned. “The demise of 1’s mom is all the time tragic. When a demise is discovered by the mom’s son as a jury, it’s much more horrifying.
Anderson additionally mirrored on what occurred in the course of the sentencing listening to. “Right this moment I used to be shocked to listen to him speak about who he sees as a sufferer. I feel he sees himself because the sufferer, not likely his mom.”
As a part of his sentence, Altantawi is banned from any contact together with his mom’s kin, however shall be allowed to have contact together with his sisters and father, Anderson mentioned. He additionally has 1,858 days of jail credit score.