Skip to comments.Bangladeshi national gets 20-to-life for slaying 73-year-old (ICE released felon who then murdered)
Posted on 06/27/2012 9:00:47 AM PDT by Upstate NY Guy
The Bangladeshi national who killed a 73-year-old retired lunch lady in Hillsdale, N.Y., in November was sentenced to 20 years to life on Tuesday.
During the sentencing hearing in Columbia County Court, Shafiqul Islam, 22, of Hudson, N.Y., told the family of the murder victim that if they could not forgive him he hoped God would.
In May, Islam pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and other charges for the Nov. 20 strangulation killing of Lois Decker in her home in Hillsdale, which is located over the state line from Egremont.
On Tuesday, several members of Deckers family told the court about their shock and anger over what they called the pointless and brutal murder of a much loved sister, mother and grandmother.
Deckers family also lashed out at Islam.
"There is a black mark on his soul that will follow him through this life and beyond," said Deckers daughter, Dr. Diane Demarest. "I have to believe Mr. Islam will suffer for his crime."
Six weeks before Deckers murder, Islam -- a convicted sex offender who was born in Bangladesh but grew up in New York -- was released from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody, a move that was blasted by both Judge Nichols and Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka on Tuesday.
Nichols said Islams release was inexplicable and hoped immigration officials looked at this case and "took it upon themselves" to change the regulations.
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Islam is a Level 2 sex offender who served a two-year state prison sentence after he was convicted in 2008 of promoting a sexual performance of a child, a felony. He had taken lewd photographs of a 12-year-old girl.
Ordered removed from the United States by a federal judge, Islam remained in custody with ICE after his release from prison, but was let go last October.
An ICE spokesman who spoke to The Eagle blamed Islams home country and a 2001 Supreme Court ruling that only allows people under removal orders to be held in ICE custody for up to 180 days. Bangladeshi officials allegedly dragged their feet about getting travel documents for Islam.
But Czajka said this excuse "didnt hold water" since ICE can take other factors, including risk of flight and danger to the community, into account when determining whether to hold a detainee longer than 180 days.
The DA said he believed a "child abuser" fit that description and that ICE "screwed up big time."
“Islam is a Level 2 sex offender “
Islam follows the example of the prophet Mohammed!/sarcasm;)
Gee, funny name for an Amish?
More than likely a Mormon?
Must be a descendant of that sect who caused the Mountain Meadows Massacre some here keep posting about, some 155 years ago?
You Tube Victims Speak Out
The last few minutes of the above video are chilling
If a country refuses to take back a citizen...we should just put them on one of their airlines and send them back..or a ship. That is what they do to us.
Actually no sarcasm needed. Sex abuse of children is rampant in Islam.
For all practical purposes, the terrorists won.
America is run by terrorists who ignore Americans
and the US Constitution. There is no more Law
and no accountability.
Good luck with that. You'll have to get yourself a new president and Congress, first.
Someone should forward to the Romney campaign and also to the Wendy Long campaign. Wendy Long won the GOP Primary yesterday and will face Kristen Gilliband (socialist) in Novemeber’s US Senate race.
Does this guy look like he could be obama’s son, if he had one?