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Afghani given prison for honor killing

EVERETT, Wash., June 15 (UPI) -- An Afghan national will go to prison in Washington state for what he called the honor killing of his brother, who had disparaged the man's intended bride.

Mehdi Matin, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder this month, was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in prison for the 2009 death of his brother, Isa Mehri. Matin admitted beating, hitting with a metal pipe and strangling his brother, The Herald of Everett, Wash., reported Wednesday.

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Matin, 63, referred to the slaying as an honor killing because of remarks his brother allegedly had made about his fiancee 20 years ago. It isn't clear if he made the remarks while in Afghanistan or the United States.

Matin's family also allegedly joined in the criticism and he called off the wedding but his attorney, Gabriel Rothstein, said Matin always harbored feelings about the situation.

"He never recovered," Rothstein said.

In 2009, Matin went to Mehri's Lynnwood home to talk about the joint purchase of a gas station and Mehri again criticized Matin's former fiancee, prompting Matin to kill his brother, the newspaper said.

Matin called police two days afterward.

Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Ronald Castleberry said he could not find any reason for leniency in Matin's sentencing.

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"He realized he was wrong at the time and afterward," Castleberry said.

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