January 14, 2010 in Region

Seattle Jewish center shooter sentenced to life

Associated Press
 

SEATTLE — A judge has sentenced Naveed Haq to life in prison without release on his convictions for killing one woman and wounding five others in a rampage at a Seattle Jewish Federation office.

Judge Paris Kallas issued the sentence Thursday after hearing from victims and their supporters, including Nicole Waechter, whose mother, Pam, was killed in the 2006 shooting. Waechter told the judge her mother would have wanted her friends and family to move on and keep laughing.

Haq and his father also addressed the court, appealing for forgiveness. Naveed Haq said he thanks God every day more people were not killed and said a cocktail of poorly prescribed psychiatric drugs turned him into a violent man.

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