The Buffalo man convicted last month of brutally beating his 10-year-old stepson to death could spend the rest of his life behind bars. YNN's Kaitlyn Lionti was there as Ali Mohamad Mohamud was sentenced for his crime.
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Seven months after police say he bound his 10-year-old stepson Abdifatah and beat him nearly 70 times with a wooden rolling pin, Ali Mohamad Mohamud was in State Supreme Court Thursday to learn his fate.
"I took away a son I loved so much who I was preparing to achieve the best educational pathway. If only I knew what I was doing that fateful day, I would never harm him. I never harmed anyone before," said Mohamud.
The defense maintains Mohamud never meant to kill his stepson - only to injure him.
Mohamud went on to apologize to his family, "I understand your hatred towards me, but I'm asking for your forgiveness, I'm deeply and sincerely sorry."
"You sacrificed your son to your rage. Early on, you should have been sickened by your actions, but you weren't, and there really isn't an adequate explanation for all this," said Hon. Christopher Burns, State Supreme Court Justice.
"I think the only way you can describe conduct like this, and we've seen it in other cases too, is that the defendant is evil. I mean, there are just some people out there that commit evil acts," said Frank Sedita, Erie County District Attorney.
Mohamud received the maximum sentence for his second degree murder conviction, 25 years to life in prison.
Abdifatah's older brother translated as their mother, Shukri Bile, expressed her gratitude that justice was served.
"This is so bad that someone that you have trusted with your life and your family, one day you just came home and saw that your child was killed by someone that you loved and cared about is the worst thing to believe," said Hussein Waris on behalf of his mother.
Bile says she's filing for divorce.
Meanwhile, the defense says they're filing an appeal.
"From the very first time I met my client, he was remorseful, he was devastated, he was shocked by his actions. He'll never not live with this every day of his life," said Kevin Spitler, the defense attorney.