Ali Mohamad Mohamud Sentenced to 25 Years to Life

November 15, 2012 Updated Nov 15, 2012 at 7:55 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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November 15, 2012 Updated Nov 15, 2012 at 7:55 PM EDT


Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - The man who tied up, tortured and murdered his 10-year-old stepson in April received the maximum sentence Thursday morning.

Ali Mohamad Mohamud was sentence to 25 years to life in prison.

For the first time Ali Mohamad Mohamud spoke -- shortly before Judge Christopher Burns handed down the sentence.

Mohamud was convicted of stabbing, drowning, binding and beating Abdifatah Mohamad to death in their Buffalo home.

Kevin Spitler, Mohamud's attorney, claimed Mohamud was enraged when Abdi would not do his homework and tried running away. Spitler compared the murder to corporal punishment gone wrong. During Thursday's sentencing hearing, Spitler maintained that the death was an accident.

Mohamud told the court that "I took away a son I loved so much, who I was preparing to achieve the best education," and begged for his family's forgiveness.

However, Judge Christopher Burns told Mohamud "you did not lose your son -- you sacrificed your son to your rage," before handing done the maximum sentence.

Abdifatah's mother and brother did not speak in court. Prosecutor Kevin Finnerty said this was the worst case he has ever seen. The trial included graphic pictures of Abdifatah's body and a video of the crime scene.

After the sentencing, Abdi's family told Eyewitness News that it's too late for forgiveness, and that Mohamud should have plead guilty to spare them the pain of going through a trial.

Interpreting for his mother, Shukri Bile, Hussein Waris said "This is so bad that somebody that you have trusted with your life and your family. And one day you come home and your child has been killed by someone that you have loved."

Shukri had brought her family to the United States from Somalia to achieve a better life -- something brought up during the trial and sentencing.

After the sentencing, District Attorney Frank Sedita said the only explanation for such a horrendous murder is that some people are "evil."

Mohamud also has to pay $375 in legal fees.

Spitler says he plan to file for an appeal in this case.