CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A Pakastani national has been sentenced to 60 years in prison in a murder-for-hire plot in which a Virginia businessman was strangled with his own shoe laces.
News outlets report that 61-year-old Chaudhary Arshad Mahmood was sentenced Wednesday in Chesterfield County.
He was convicted of first-degree murder and solicitation to commit murder in February for the 2015 killing of Adel M. Elmadany.
Prosecutors allege Mahmood paid two men from Guatemala a total of $6,000 to carry out the plot because he believed Elmadany had helped shelter his wife while the couple was divorcing.
Mahmood maintained the co-defendants acted on their own.