Clerk makes plea deal for killing man
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A man who admitted to killing a store clerk with a crowbar two years ago has agreed to a plea deal.
Ragheb Sulaiman, 26, pleaded guilty for the beating death of a customer he was having a dispute with. He was sentenced to seven years in prison, Friday.
Sulaiman and his brother own the Quick Shop Food Store at 9720 SW 168th St. It was two years ago to the month that the customer, Akil LaRue Oliver, argued with the two brothers over some money inside the convenience store. Some other customers got Oliver to leave, but he returned. The fight escalated and Sulaiman hit Oliver over the head with a crowbar. He died on the scene.
In court Friday, the family of the victim and the family of the suspect came together to settle the case amicably and even shared hugs. Ruby Mosley, Oliver's mother, said, "I have no malice towards the family or the guy that killed my son. The only thing I ever wanted was justice, and justice was served today ... I'm pleased with it."
Richard Sharpstein, the defendant's attorney, said, "We worked very hard and developed the case, and rather than force the issues of stand your ground or other defenses that we had, we decided to make peace with the family. It's what the family wanted, it's what my client wanted, and it's what the family of Akil LaRue wanted."
Because Sulaiman is not an American citizen, once he finishes his sentence, he will likely face deportation.
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