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Man sentenced to 60 years in Chesterfield murder-for-hire plot

Posted at 10:21 AM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 10:21:39-04

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.