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Las Vegas man pleads no contest to second-degree murder in wife shooting case

A 69-year-old Las Vegas man pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and coercion with use of a deadly weapon after gunning down his wife in the Palace Station parking lot in January 2007.

Raffick Sahibjohn on Thursday entered an Alford plea to the charges, which means he doesn’t admit guilt but acknowledged prosecutors could prove their case against him.

As part of the plea deal, prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence of 14 years and eight months to life in prison. A sentencing hearing was scheduled for Jan. 6 before Judge Douglas Herndon.

At the time of the shooting Sahibjohn told investigators that Isha Sahibjohn, his wife of 40 years, came at him with a knife before he fatally shot her with a 9 mm Glock handgun on a Sunday afternoon.

Although Las Vegas police found a knife under the 65-year-old’s body, witness accounts differed from the husband’s story.

Witnesses said they saw Raffick Sahibjohn yelling at his wife, according to court documents. As his wife tried to leave, Raffick Sahibjohn rushed her and shot her multiple times, witnesses said.

 

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