18-year-old sentenced to 38 years after shooting death of Iraqi man

Eighteen-year-old Nykerion Nealon was sentenced to 38 years in prison last Monday, May 23 for the death of 36-year-old Iraqi national Ahmed Al-Jumaili on March 4, 2015. Al-Jumaili was outside his apartment complex in Dallas, Texas taking pictures of snow with his wife and brother when he was killed.

Al-Jumaili left his country to escape from the violence and to be with his wife. Mohammed Altaae, Al-Jumaili’s father-in-law, said that Al-Jumaili saved money for a year to finance his move to the United States. Russell Wilson, Nealon’s legal counsel, argued that even though Nealon was near the vicinity of the area where Al-Jumaili was shot at the time of the incident, it was another person who pulled the trigger.

Wilson also criticized the sentence and compared it to the sentence given to Ethan Couch, who caused the death of four people in 2013 because of drunk driving. Couch, who had been 16 at the time of the accident and sentencing, received two years in prison after breaking his probation – 180 days for each person killed in the accident.

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