The daughter of a retired school cook and Elvis fan who was strangled and robbed last winter in her Columbia County home said there will be no forgiveness for the killer in this life or the next. (Oh, yes there will, killing unbelievers who refuse to convert, is a duty, part of jihad, according to the prophet Mohammed)
Times Union (H/T Mark) She was one of the relatives of Lois Decker, 73, who read victim impact statements before Shafiqul Islam, 22, was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years to life in prison.
Authorities believe Islam followed Decker home from her regular walking trip to a nearby market. He lived in a FREE social services-provided apartment not far from the home in which Decker lived alone. Islam, who is from Bangladesh, is in this country illegally. He served time in prison for abusing a child in 2008 and was declared a level 2 sex offender.
Islam, a level 2 sex offender from a previous conviction, was sentenced by Columbia County Judge Jonathan Nichols for the Nov. 20 murder of Decker, who was called Foofie by her family.
“Murdering my innocent and kind mother is unforgivable,” said Diane Demarest of Oregon. “There is a black mark on his soul that will follow him all of his days in this life and beyond. My mother’s light cannot be extinguished by her death, not even the senseless death caused by this coward.”
Demarest said the violent attack on her mother, who lived alone in a neat Hillsdale home, has forever changed her and her family.
“The tragic and violent aspect of her death threatens to overwhelm the memories of our wonderful mother,” Demarest said. “For myself, I have become cautious to the point of paranoia in my own home. I have hid in another room until the person at the door went away. I feel fear every day in my house. Mr. Islam is the only person who can tell me the end of my mother’s story, but he refused to give a statement to the police.”
In May, Islam pleaded guilty to all charges in his indictment — second-degree murder and three counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.
After he killed Decker, Islam stole her 2006 Hyundai Accent and crashed it in Claverack. He then tried to steal a vehicle owned by one of two people who stopped at the accident scene to help.