United States: life imprisonment for man who drowned his autistic sons

He had deliberately thrown the family car off a pier in the Port of Los Angeles, in an attempt to collect insurance money.

ACalifornia resident was sentenced Thursday to 212 years in prison after killing his two autistic sons , who drowned when he deliberately rushed the family car Ali Elmezayen, 45, waited until April 9, 2015 to commit his crime and the expiration of the waiting period for the last of many insurance policies he had taken out for his family, the Los Angeles federal prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

In the back of his vehicle were his boys aged 8 and 13 , both with  severe autism , who wore seat belts and drowned. Rehab Diab, Ali Elmezayen’s ex-wife, who was in the front of the car, could not swim and could also have drowned if a fisherman had not thrown a buoy at her.

Ali Elmezayen, for his part, had easily slipped out of the car through the window which he had taken care to leave open and had swam to the quay. He subsequently collected more than $ 260,000 in compensation from various insurance policies taken out in the event of the death of his children and invested the sum in real estate purchases in Egypt, his country of origin, as well as in a boat.

“His only regret is being caught”

Judge John F. Walter sentenced Ali Elmezayen to the maximum sentence prescribed by law, stressing in his judgment the “diabolical schemes” and “the vicious and ruthless nature of his crimes”. “He is the ultimate impostor and liar (…) His only regret is to have been caught “, continued the judge, who ordered this “greedy killer” to return to the insurance companies the sums collected .

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