A surprise guilty plea in the shooting death of a young Calgary woman.
26-year-old Natasha Farah was gunned down while standing outside a bar on 11th Avenue near 1st Street SW on August 23rd of 2014.
Hussein Ibrahim was later charged with second-degree murder in the case.
Court heard today that lawyers have agreed on a plea bargain, leading to Ibrahim pleading guilty to manslaughter.
He has been sentenced to nine years in prison, but with credit for time already served, he has about six-and-a-half years left.
Outside court, defense lawyer Allan Fay wasn’t mincing his words.
“Stupid is the best way of describing it,” Fay told reporters Friday afternoon. “This is a combination of alcohol, testosterone, stupidity and firearms. It’s the perfect storm. It’s so tragic it ended in the death of an innocent bystander.”
Farah’s mother was also in the courtroom for the guilty plea and sentencing and also spoke with reporters after the proceedings.
“I believe in my faith that no matter what, you have to forgive inside your heart,” she said. “If you never forgive, you’ll never move on.”
She’s hopeful that Ibrahim will learn from the experience to make himself a better person.