Juror, Attorneys React to Hassan Trial

February 8, 2011 Updated Feb 8, 2011 at 12:35 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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February 8, 2011 Updated Feb 8, 2011 at 12:35 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WBKW) - Two years after Aasiya Hassan was brutally slain, her killer has been convicted of second degree murder.

Aasiya's husband, Muzzammil Hassan, is facing 25-years-to-life behind bars after he admitted to stabbing his wife more than 40 times and then beheading her.

It took a jury of eight men and four women less than an hour to reach the verdict.

"It was one of the most interesting and trying things I think that any of us have ever done," said juror Kelly Maccagnano, who spoke exclusively with Eyewitness News after the verdict was delivered.

"I think the prosecution did an amazing job proving the case beyond a reasonable doubt," she said.

"It didn't take them very long to size up the defendant for what he is: A vicious murderer consumed with self-pity," said Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita.

Sedita praised his prosecution team for years of hard work. Colleen Curtin Gable and Paul Bonanno handled the case.

"In the opening statement of Mr. Bonanno and the closing statements of Ms. Curtin Gable were not only persuasive, they were in a word: compelling," said Sedita.

"We, Paul and I, were speaking for a young mother who had a lot of things ahead of her. A lot of things she planned to do," said Curtin Gable, who became emotional when delivering her closing statement to the jury. "She was trying to make her life better for herself and for her children. And because of the brutal actions of the defendant, she was not able to do so."

"I would just say that I was shocked that during his entire two-hour summation he never once mentioned the events of Feb. 12, 2009," said Bonanno. "He never once talked about the murder."

Hassan painted himself as the victim in the trial. He acted as his own attorney for much of the case.

"I'm not going to critique again specifically what went right or wrong in the case, but you heard the verdict. Mr. Hassan took the verdict well with dignity and he has the right to pursue an appeal," said Hassan's legal advisor Jeremy Schwartz.