Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Professor

By Leigh Dana

Man Pleads Guilty to Killing Professor

May 20, 2011 Updated May 20, 2011 at 1:40 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Abdulsalam Al-Zahrani pleaded guilty to First Degree Manslaughter in Broome County Court.

The plea followed the determination that Al-Zahrani was competent to stand trial for the murder of Dr Richard Antoun. Two mental health doctors made the evaluation at Mid Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center.

Al-Zahrani, 48, is from Saudi Arabia and was graduate student at Binghamton University in Vestal.

Dr Richard Antoun was killed in his office on December 4, 2009.

Al-Zahrani says he walked into Dr. Antoun's office to show him a paper, and claims Antoun laughed at him in a mocking tone, which is when he remembered the role Antoun played in a "plot" against him.

That's when Al-Zahrani pulled out a knife and stabbed the professor about 11 times.

The plea agreement carries a prison sentence of 15 years and deportation.

"This was the best way to ensure that certainly in the United States he would never walk a free man again," said Broome County District Attorney, Gerald Mollen (D). "And hopefully never a free man upon deportation in Saudi Arabia."

Mollen believed Al-Zahrani's motive had to do with his mental illness. Al-Zahrani believed there was a conspiracy against him by the Saudi Arabian Secret Police for years. And that the police were following him.

If the case went to trial, a psychiatric defense was planned.

Sentencing is set for September 9, 2011.

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