Guilty Plea in Muslim Teen's Death; Will Carry Life Sentence
November 28, 2018 12:12 PM
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FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA - In a plea deal that allows him to avoid a possible death penalty, a northern Virginia man has admitted he raped and killed a Muslim teenager last year.
Man Indicted for Murder, Rape of Muslim Teen
A man has been indicted on capital murder and rape charges in the killing of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen, which shook Virginia's Muslim community.
A grand jury in Fairfax county held up indictments against 22-year-old Darwin Martinez Torres, who was charged with murder after attacking Hassanen and her friends with a baseball bat. She and a group of teenagers had left their Sterling-area mosque between Ramadan prayers to get food when Hassanen was abducted.
Twenty-five-year-old Darwin Martinez-Torres of Sterling entered the guilty plea Wednesday in Fairfax County in the June 2017 murder of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen of Reston. She had been out with a group of friends eating a pre-dawn meal at a fast-food restaurant ahead of Ramadan services.
Mahmoud Hassanen Aboras father of Nabra Hassanen, who was killed over the weekend in a road rage incident, left, sits with family as he listens to speakers during a vigil in honor of Nabar Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Reston, Virginia.
Martinez-Torres was driving by and got into an altercation with the group.
Wednesday's plea deal imposes a life sentence without possibility of parole.
FILE - Republican gubernatorial candidate, Ed Gillespie, front left, waits to place a flower on an impromptu memorial for Nabra Hassanen, who was killed over the weekend in a road rage incident, prior to the start of a vigil in honor of Nabar on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Reston, Virginia.
Nabra's death attracted widespread attention amid concerns that her slaying was motivated by anti-Muslim sentiment, though police have said repeatedly they have no evidence of a hate crime.
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