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Man convicted in the murders of the Islamic spiritual and assistant

NEW YORK – a New York City man convicted for the killing of an Islamic spiritual and his assistant at noon-day was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Thirty-seven-year-old Oscar Morel was convicted of murder in the death of the Imam Maulana Akonjee (mow-LAHN’-ah ah-KOHN’-jee) and Thara Uddin (THEHR’-uh oo-DEEN’) and was sentenced on Wednesday. The two men were shot to death in Queens as they walked home following prayers in August 2016.

Morel was arrested the following day after police connected him to a hit-and-run crash near the shooting scene. He denied any involvement in the killings.

Some members of the city’s Muslim community called the attack on the two Bengali immigrants a hate-crime, but the prosecutors said the killer’s motive was unclear.

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