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15 year old in fatal carjacking to spend rest of teen years in prison

A 15-year-old girl who pleaded guilty in the fatal carjacking of an Uber Eats driver in Washington, DC will spend the next six years in prison, reports Newsweek.

Judge Lynn Leibovitz sentenced her to the maximum sentence in the death of Mohammad Anwar. All other charges were dismissed, including armed carjacking, as part of a plea bargain.

The family spoke about Anwar in a virtual sentencing hearing held Friday.

“Abu used to call his grandkids at least twice a day, and I have no idea what to tell them now when they ask where is their Dada Abu,” Anwar’s daughter Qandeel Anwar said, reported NBC4. “How do I tell them what a murder is? How do I console my mother, who sits silently all day since March 23rd?” 

She said she could never forgive the defendant.

Anwar’s sister called for the harshest sentence possible.

“No amount of years they spend in a detention center can make up for even one percent of the pain my brother went through,” she said. 

Anwar’s niece urged the defendant to turn her life around.

“While you may not have seen value in his life in those moments, we do see value in yours. Your life is valuable. We hope you will learn from this and choose to go on to do great things and be a productive member of society,” said Maham Akbar.

According to WUSA, Judge  Leibovitz called it an “unforgiveable crime” and “incomprehensible” the girl would be so unfeeling. She hoped she would “never in a position to do anything like this again.”

The girl apologized and said she didn’t mean to kill Anwar.

Anwar died when he hung on to the car door trying to prevent the girls from leaving with his vehicle.

A second girl in the case, a 13 year old, also pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced in July.

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