A 47-year-old Minnesota man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the fatal shooting of his 20-year-old stepdaughter after she left home to be with relatives in Michigan.
Rahim Alfetlawi of Coon Rapids was sentenced Thursday in Macomb County Circuit Court in Mount Clemens.
A jury found Alfetlawi guilty last month of first-degree murder in the April 30, 2011 death of Jessica Mokdad at her grandmother's home in the Detroit suburb of Warren.
A defense attorney says Mokdad accidentally was shot during a struggle over a gun.
They later said religion wasn't an issue and the confrontation grew out of his efforts to find his stepdaughter's biological father.