A man, Danish Minhas, has admitted to paying a classmate to stab his mother fatally in 2009.
The Houston Chronicle reports that Minhas, 21, pleaded guilty to murder in exchange for 50 years in prison. He admitted to paying classmate Nur Mohamed $4,000 to brutally stab his mother, Tabassum Khan, on Nov. 24, 2009.
Minhas was 17, and Mohamed was 18 at the time.
“I think this was a very unusual crime,” said prosecutor Angela Weltin. “It’s very, very sad and hard to contemplate why anyone would want to do this.”
Minhas, who was often seen at school sipping Starbucks before reading the morning announcements over the public address system, wanted to get away from his “strict” mother, investigators said.
Minhas pleaded guilty Thursday in state District Judge Jim Wallace’s court. He was scheduled to go on trial Monday and could have faced life in prison if convicted by a jury.