February 25, 2024
El Cajon Superior Courtroom. Picture by Chris Stone

A person who fatally shot his spouse – a mom of 9 – on the couple’s El Cajon dwelling was sentenced Thursday to 21 years in state jail.

Abdulhannan Abdurazaq Alrawi, 46, pleaded responsible to voluntary manslaughter and a firearm allegation within the Aug. 22, 2022 taking pictures dying of Fathem Alrawi, 37.

Prosecutors say Alrawi shot his spouse within the face whereas she was mendacity in mattress. The couple’s 9 kids, who ranged in age from 2 to 17 on the time of the taking pictures, have been asleep within the dwelling when their mom was shot.

At Alrawi’s sentencing listening to, Deputy District Lawyer Jared Coleman stated there was no proof pointing to a transparent motive, however stated Alrawi’s clarification for the taking pictures was “onerous to consider.”

In keeping with the prosecutor, Alrawi stated he tried “to get up his spouse by touching a gun to her face in what he described as a joking method.”

Coleman stated that even when that was the case, “it nonetheless exhibits conduct that’s so egregious, so reckless and so unforgivable … if it’s the reality, then it’s all of the extra tragic as a result of it didn’t must occur.”

Alrawi, who was initially charged with homicide, might have confronted a jail time period as little as 11 years as a part of his plea settlement.

Superior Courtroom Decide Roderick Shelton imposed the utmost time period, saying he didn’t consider Alrawi’s clarification.

“Even when I believed what Mr. Alrawi stated, it might be so reckless to do this,” Shelton stated.

Alrawi’s protection lawyer, Daniel Cohen, described his consumer in court docket as “a giving man” who’s beloved in his neighborhood.

“A horrible factor has occurred and he’s accountable for it and he admitted it at an early stage,” Cohen stated.

A number of members of the family and pals spoke on Alrawi’s behalf on the listening to, describing him as a superb man whose household got here to El Cajon from Syria.

Most of the audio system, who stated Alrawi had helped them and others transfer to the U.S. and modify to American life, requested for mercy and for Alrawi to be reunited along with his kids.

Coleman stated the plea settlement was reached with consideration of the influence to the couple’s 9 kids, as they “have successfully been left orphaned … most of these kids will spend the remainder of their childhood with out both dad or mum.”

The prosecutor stated the kids have expressed a need to be with their father, however he stated, “whereas their unconditional love for his or her father is transferring and admirable, their father made a alternative that was so careless and so harmful that it took their mom away from them. And there needs to be penalties for that.”

– Metropolis Information Service