Mohamed Kamaludeen Gets Life for Killing UNR Professor

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A man convicted of killing a University of Nevada, Reno professor was ordered to spend the rest of his life in prison by a judge who told him he would die behind bars.

Mohamed Kamaludeen, 47, also was sentenced by Washoe District Judge Patrick Flanagan to an additional 20 years for using a deadly weapon and another nine years for killing someone over 60.

"This is not a life sentence. This is a death sentence," Flanagan told Kamaludeen. "It is the intention of this court that you die in prison.

"Mr. Kamaludeen, God may have mercy on your soul, but this court does not."

Kamaludeen received another four to 15 years for soliciting to have Calder killed in a 2006 attack.

Calder and her husband, James, of Incline Village, were friends and business associates of Kamaludeen.

Authorities said Calder, 64, was stabbed at Kamaludeen's printing business in Reno on Aug. 18, 2007. Her body was found by hunters 10 days later in Elko County, 350 miles east.

Kamaludeen fled to Mexico after she was discovered and was extradited in January to face murder charges. He told police that he set up the killing for James Calder,, and that he hired Carlos Filomeno to kill her for $50,000.

Both Filomeno and James Calder denied his claims, and police said there was no evidence to support the accusations.

During his weeklong trial, Filomeno, a felon who had been a day laborer for Kamaludeen, testified that he saw Kamaludeen stab Calder, and then made him put her body in a plastic-lined box and drive her to the desert.

Police said Kamaludeen killed her because he could not repay a $150,000 loan.

During Wednesday's hearing, public defender Maizie Pusich urged the judge to limit the additional punishment.

She said Kamaludeen was remorseful and had no prior convictions, although he was wanted in Canada for a 1993 murder of an automotive
garage owner.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Bruce Hahn argued for the maximum
punishment.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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