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Elias Abuelazam sentenced to life in prison without parole

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(06/25/12) - Elias Abuelazam has been sentenced to life in prison without parole in the August 2010 murder of Arnold Minor in Flint.

Minor's mother, Elzora Minor, was so overcome with emotion she couldn't speak when it was time to address the court.

She collapsed as her daughter, Stephanie Ward, was finishing her turn.

"I'm just glad for this day and hope he rots in hell for the pain he caused this city," Ward said in court.

Her mother then collapsed and had to be carried out, sobbing.

Ward said she did get a good look at Abuelazam in court Monday morning.

He was wearing an orange, jail jumpsuit, shackled at the hands and feet and surrounded by at least seven Sheriff's Department Deputies.

"Just evil. No remorse. You can just tell. To me, just an empty shell standing there," Ward says.

Abuelazam, dubbed the serial slasher, was convicted in May.

He was found guilty in the stabbing death of Minor.

Minor is believed to be Flint's final victim in August of 2010.

Abuelazam's attacks, investigators say, spanned months and even two other states.

Abuelazam is charged in nine assault cases in Genesee County.

There are eight left now, with the conviction in the Minor case.

A number of victims did testify during that trial to show a pattern, that these attacks were planned and thought out.

Antoine Marshall was one of those victims.

He attended Abuelazam's sentencing.

"I'm still angry. He messed up my life. My whole life. Mentally and physically," says Marshall.

At trial, the defense's only witness, a psychiatrist, testified Abuelazam told him "evil spirits" controlled his actions, soul-sucking demons forcing him to hurt others.

Prosecutors called their own experts who testified he did not suffer from mental illness.         

"Nobody suffered more than the family of the victims and the victim's themselves," says Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton.

"This man terrorized our community."

"He murdered our citizens; he slashed our people; he stabbed and maimed our friends," Leyton says.

Leyton has not yet decided if his office will move forward with another trial.

If so, it will be a murder trial for Flint Township victim Frank Kellybrew.

"There are some victims who have already told me they don't need another proceeding. That they feel this was their proceeding as well," says Leyton.

"I have to decide to balance justice with my fiduciary obligation to the people of Genesee County.  These trials are not inexpensive," Leyton says.

Leyton estimates the Minor trial cost the county about $100,000 when you factor in staff expenses, law enforcement, expert witnesses and travel, for example.

 

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