Man gets 17 years for attack on psychiatrist

first_imgA Clark County judge called it “one of the strangest cases I’ve ever heard” before sentencing a Baltimore man Tuesday to 17 years and two months in prison for trying to kill a psychiatrist for life insurance money.Superior Court Judge Rich Melnick noted Ibn Aquil’s lengthy criminal past and the bizarre nature of last spring’s near-strangling before imposing a 206-month sentence, the high point of the sentencing range.“It’s an interesting case in terms of Mr. Aquil’s violent history,” he said. “And it’s an extremely unique case as far as attempted murders go.”In May, a jury convicted Aquil, 26, of second-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault relating to an attack that occurred April 13, 2009, while the defendant was visiting his cousin in Hockinson. After the heavily intoxicated Aquil came home from a party that morning, he tried to strangle his cousin’s husband, who was asleep on the couch. The cousin’s husband, Barry Maletzky, owned an 8,000-square-foot house and had a $2.5 million life insurance policy. The prosecution argued Aquil wanted to kill Maletzky, 68, after overhearing Aquil’s cousin — Maletzky’s wife — talk about how much money she stood to gain. Aquil then joked about what he would do with $2.5 million.last_img

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