In 2009, a Saudi graduate student at Binghamton University in New York, Abdulsalam Al-Zahrani, killed his advisor professor. Al-Zahrani was found to be schizophrenic, but competent and pled guilty to the charge of manslaughter. He has now been sentenced to 15 years in prison, with five years of supervision following his release. As he is to be deported back to Saudi Arabia at the end of his prison sentence, his supervision and medical treatment will likely be carried out in the Kingdom.
I don’t think there’s any ‘big picture’ here other than that people can find themselves in tragic circumstances that lead to even more tragic outcomes.
Al-Zahrani Sentenced On Manslaughter Charge
Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) On September 23, 2011 in Broome County Court, Abdulsalam Al-Zahrani, 48, of Binghamton, New York, was sentenced in connection with his May 20, 2011 plea of guilty to Manslaughter in the First Degree.
According to the Broome County Districy Attorney’s Office, on December 4, 2009, Al-Zahrani stabbed Binghamton University Professor Richard Antoun numerous times with a knife.
The DA’s office says the stabbing was done with the intent to cause serious physical injury to Antoun.
Al-Zharani said he entered Antoun’s BU office to show him a paper, and believed Antoun laughed at him in a mocking way, and was part of a plot against him.