Despite a two-week trial, the Erie County, N.Y., jury deliberated for less than an hour before returning the guilty verdict against Muzzammil "Mo" Hassan. Like Winkler, Hassan, 46, admitted that he killed his spouse because she was abusive. Unlike Winkler, Hassan is likely to serve a lengthy sentence behind bars. Hassan continues to claim that he retaliated against his wife because he was suffering from battered spouse syndrome. (Who was Hassan's brilliant attorney? Hassan represented himself after firing his attorney.) Despite the lack of professional representation, Hassan kept the trial entertaining as crowds lined up outside the courthouse for seats. Buffalo News. Hassan actually told the jury that he was the victim of "psychological rape." Hassan also told jurors that abusers often come across in public as charming, when only the victim knows the truth."A victim often feels like a hostage to a terrorist, a slave to an overbearing master," according to Hassan. WGRZ-TV. But prosecutor Colleen Curtin Gable shredded Hassan with the facts of a brutal murder of a spouse who was only guilty of wanting a divorce. Gruesome photos of the victim was worth more than a thousand words.
Hassan's children, Michael and Sonia, testified that "good old dad" had a history of domestic violence whereas their stepmother, Aasiya, did not. WIVB-TV. Sentencing for Hassan is set for March 9, 2011. Hassan will be sentenced from 15 years to a possibility of life in prison.