18 years for 3 cold blooded killings that left 4 children without a father?
A Somali teenager pleaded guilty Tuesday for his role in a robbery in which three people were killed Jan. 6 at the Seward Market and Halal Meats in south Minneapolis.
Ahmed Shire Ali pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree attempted aggravated robbery in plea agreement that calls for him to be sentenced to 18 years in prison.
He had faced six counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of store employee Abdifatah Warfa, 28, his cousin, Mohamed Warfa, 30, who had stopped to visit, and Anwar Mohammed, 31, a customer.
If he had been convicted on any of the counts, Ali would have spent the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of release.
I understand that the judicial system needs to make these kinds of deals just to keep ticking and not be overwhelmed. But only 18 years? He could be out before he turns 30, if he behaves well in prison. Is that justice?
Abdi Mohamed, a cousin to the Warfas who attended Tuesday’s 15-minute court session, said the plea won’t stop the family’s pain.
“We know who the killer is,” Mohamed said quietly. “I am hoping they’re not entertaining making a deal with Mahdi.”
He added that Ahmed is still culpable. “Any time you have a gun and are intending to rob someone, you intend to kill anyone who stands in your way,” he said. “They are both killers.”
“We wanted something more,” he said, adding that Ahmed Ali looked relaxed. “He’s been having his cup of coffee. … Remorse? I didn’t see it.”