Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) On September 23, 2011 in Broome County Court, Abdulsalam Al-Zahrani, 48, of Binghamton, New York, was sentenced in connection with his May 20, 2011 plea of guilty to Manslaughter in the First Degree.
According to the Broome County Districy Attorney's Office, on December 4, 2009, Al-Zahrani stabbed Binghamton University Professor Richard Antoun numerous times with a knife.
The DA's office says the stabbing was done with the intent to cause serious physical injury to Antoun.
Al-Zharani said he entered Antoun's BU office to show him a paper, and believed Antoun laughed at him in a mocking way, and was part of a plot against him.
Al-Zahrani then pulled out a knife and stabbed him about 11 times.
Those wounds caused the professor’s death.
Al-Zahrani was sentenced to a determinate term of fifteen years in prison and five years post-release supervision.
As a condition of his plea, Al-Zahrani waived his right to appeal from his conviction and it is expected that he will be deported to Saudi Arabia upon completion of his prison term.
The case was prosecuted by District Attorney Gerald F. Mollen and Chief Assistant District Attorney Joann Rose Parry.