- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A 50-year-old man convicted of attempted aggravated murder in a plot to kill his partner in a southeast Portland market has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/D4e71K ) that Mohdsidek Habibullah was sentenced Tuesday.

He and 45-year-old Mohammed Absar ran the Stop-N-Go Market.

Evidence at trial showed that Habibullah would spend the bulk of the day operating the market, while Absar would often spend a few hours at the end of each day closing it down. The motive was unclear but each man believed the other owed him money.

During his trial, Habibullah contended the plan was just a joke. Discussions were captured on audio recordings by a man enlisted as an accomplice. In the recordings, Habibullah talks about wanting to use a .357-caliber handgun to shoot Absar in the head.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com


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