A person will spend 11 years behind bars after pleading responsible to a 2011 homicide in Portland.
Abdi Awad was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years with all however 11 years suspended adopted by 4 years of probation.
In 2011, Awad shot and killed 41-year-old Allen Patric MacLean at an house constructing on the nook of Congress Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue. The case went chilly for 10 years.
“I heard a gunshot,” a witness mentioned in 2011. “After which I heard a person say, ‘I’m dying.’ And he tried to cross the road and virtually bought hit by a automotive. Collapsed on the sidewalk.”
The witness mentioned she held the sufferer’s hand till he died.
A decade later, in 2021, police introduced they’d charged Awad with homicide. Awad was already serving time for aggravated assault for stabbing a safety guard in March 2011, 5 months earlier than the homicide.
Awad pleaded responsible to felony homicide earlier this month for killing MacLean.
An individual talking on behalf of Kayla MacLean, Allen MacLean’s daughter, mentioned throughout Awad’s sentencing: “Seeing you smile within the courtroom hurts us. A bit of us died the day you killed my father. I misplaced a fishing buddy and a camp information. My grandmother hasn’t slept a day because you killed him.”
The choose accepted the plea deal and the state and protection agreed to a 30-year sentence all however 11 years suspended adopted by 4 years of probation.
“There are challenges that existed … sadly on this case,” Assistant Lawyer Normal Jennifer Ackerman mentioned.
A number of professors and workers from the College of Maine System consider Awad has already modified.
“He is among the most dedicated and caring college students I’ve recognized,” mentioned Andrew King, the director of graduate research on the College of Southern Maine.
Former inmates who served time with Awad additionally spoke on his behalf.
The choose acknowledged Awad’s regret in accepting the plea.
“I absolutely settle for accountability for my actions and there’s no phrases to precise the ache and the remorse I really feel,” Awad mentioned.