NEWS
04/29/2016 20:09 EDT | Updated 04/30/2017 01:12 EDT

Man gets nine years for what his lawyer calls "stupid" random killing

CALGARY — A man who shot into a crowd, randomly killing a woman outside a Calgary bar in August 2014, has learned his sentence.

After pleading guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter, 22-year-old Hussein Ibrahim was given nine years in prison for the death of 26-year-old Natasha Farah.

Defence lawyer Allan Fay described his client's actions as "stupid," and the result of combining alcohol, testosterone and firearms.

Farah had been standing with friends outside the Bronco Smokehouse Saloon when she was hit in the chest by a bullet that Ibrahim fired toward the crowd, aiming at no one in particular.

Ibrahim was originally charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, but it was eventually upgraded to second-degree murder.

Ibrahim apologized to the family before he was sentenced and multiple victim impact statements were read.

The victim’s mother, Naima Ismail, fought back tears as she talked about her feelings.

“No matter what, you have to forgive inside your heart, if you don’t forgive, you’ll never move on, I don’t want to carry anger,” she said. “I remember Natasha as a beautiful person with a nice heart and I will miss her for the rest of my life, I pray for her every day.”

(CFFR)