India cricket player convicted of murder gets 25 years in prison

Rajesh Panesar was sentenced to a life sentence with no chance of parole for a minimum of 25 years. “He took every opportunity in the moments before the shooting to see if I was…

India cricket player convicted of murder gets 25 years in prison

Rajesh Panesar was sentenced to a life sentence with no chance of parole for a minimum of 25 years. “He took every opportunity in the moments before the shooting to see if I was dead or alive,” the victim, Sutvendra Hansl, who was not the intended target, said. Panesar’s attorney filed a motion for a stay of proceedings against his client but it was rejected by the Court of Appeal, according to the Toronto Star.

Panesar shot at a group of men exiting the North Surrey Family Day Swim on Memorial Day.

According to the Star, Panesar was trying to collect $30,000 from a deceased family member. In a statement during the trial, he said he was protecting the family name.

“It is wrong and totally misleading to speak of us as criminals. We were victims just like everyone else in this case, and it was our honour to try to help in whatever way we could,” he said.

Panesar was shot five times when he tried to flee. Not a moment went by that Panesar didn’t consider getting his money. When it became clear he couldn’t shoot his way out of a jam, he asked to return fire. He was shot in the stomach and chest. Panesar had taken out a life insurance policy on his victim.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Panesar said he had no words. “I can only tell you I wish to get this right, get back to my children and my wife,” he said.

Rajesh Panesar was sentenced to a life sentence.

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