"... and I truly wish there would have been some alternative mechanism." Playing the victim to the end, after one last-ditch attempt to delay the inevitable, as the prosecutor observed, by trying to switch attorneys before sentencing. An update on this story. "Hassan sentenced 25 years to life," by Emily Lenihan for WIVB, March 9:
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Wednesday morning, Muzzammil Hassan was sentenced in the beheading of his wife Aasiya.
Judge Franczyk sentenced Hassan to 25 years to life behind bars. The judge also granted an order of protection for Hassan's children, so Hassan must avoid all contact with them.
The prosecutor said his children are so afraid of him (rightly so), they asked for protection. She also noted that Hassan has written a number of letters, expressing regret, but still immediately denying responsibility and claiming victimhood.
Before the sentencing, there Hassan requested a new attorney be allowed to represent him for the sentencing and in the future. Due to delays that would cause to the sentencing, the judge denied the request.
Both sides made brief comments before the judge spoke and sentenced Hassan....