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Medical intern gets 22 years in prison for trying to kill U.S. diplomat in Mexico

In this surveillance image taken on Jan. 6, 2017, U.S. citizen Zia Zafar is seen before shooting Christopher Ashcraft, U.S. Consulate official, in Guadalajara, Mexico. (Justice Department / AP) Rachel Weiner Local Reporter Federal Worship Short in Alexandria, Va. and local court in Arlington and Alexandria. November 8 at 10:32 AM Have a look at his gym parking garage and saw a man standing at the top of the ramp, Christopher Ashcraft cursed to himself. He knew something was very wrong even before the bullet hit his chest. The U.S. Consulate official in Guadalajara, Mexico, put on the wound and called his father to say goodbye. Ashcraft goal narrowly survived the Jan. 6, 2017 shooting. This week, Zia Zafar, 33, was sentenced to 22 years in prison after pleading guilty to the murder of a government official and related charges. Although Ashcraft is a full recovery, the bullet may not be removed from its spine and could cause damage by prosecutors said. He can also no longer undergo an MRI scan. Zafar, of Chino Hills, Calif., Wanted to kill a representative of the United States and thought it would be able to get away with the crime in Mexico because it was a third world country, according to excerpts of his conversations with a psychiatrist included in short papers. He Ashcraft thing because the consulate official was "available. . . and vulnerable. "Zafar, a medical school graduate who was interning at a hospital in Guadalajara, maintained that his actions were the result of untreated mental illness, he did not go to trial, arguing that he was not guilty by reason of insanity. . "I know that, despite my mental illness, that my actions were illegal and that I will do anything to treat my mental illness," he wrote in a letter to the court. But Zafar knew what he was doing. The case was prosecuted in federal court in Alexandria. "Simply having a mental health diagnosis does not, and should not, excuse or mitigate a violent, premeditated act that the defendant was clearly wrong," Prosecutors Jamie Perry and Ronald L. Walutes Jr. wrote in sentencing papers. Zafar owned several firearms bought a new one from a dealer in Mexico to shoot Ashcraft, according to short records. He took more than 100 photos of the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara and diplomats' cars, including the one driven by Ashcraft. On the day of the shooting, he walked to an area of ​​the ramp where he would not be seen by a security guard. Ashcraft realized he was being watched when he left the gym that day, prosecutors said. He steered himself towards a group of people, and the man, wearing a wig and sunglasses, disappeared. But when he got into his car and out of the garage parking, prosecutors say, Ashcraft saw the same man waiting for him with a gun. Zafar was identified because he had stopped at Starbucks before the shooting and signed his name on a receipt. When interviewed by the FBI, it was claimed that it had gone straight to the heart of the world and that it had been impersonating him. Zafar had attended medical school in Guadalajara, studying psychiatry. During medical school, he began to abuse the subject of Benadryl to sleep, causing seizures, according to court papers. He had a history of anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder but not hallucinations. After his arrest, the case of schizophrenia, one of the most controversial cases of drug abuse, has only recently been made. A public defender representing Zafar, which was imposed Wednesday. .

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