Attack on ex-wife nets 30 years

CRIME WATCH

October 18, 2006|By TYRONE RICHARDSON

A 38-year-old Ellicott City man who pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of his wife last year in an attack that left her with irreversible brain damage was sentenced yesterday by a Howard County Circuit Court judge to 30 years in prison.

Ghafour Asemani pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder in April. According to charging documents, Asemani entered a Howard County police station on July 9, 2005, and told officers: "I killed my wife; ... she is dead."

According to a statement of facts from the case, Asemani told investigators that earlier that morning, he struck Samira Salmassi with a tape recorder after taping her conversations with other men. The document added that Asemani choked his wife as she was in the bathtub.

Salmassi and Asemani divorced in 2002 after 10 years of marriage but agreed to live together with their three children at their home in the 8000 block of Town and Country Blvd. Salmassi remains hospitalized in a vegetative state.

"I am glad that he got the maximum for what he has done, but it is not going to make it right for my sister," said Sima Salmassi, the victim's sister. "It's not going to bring her back to the way she was."

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