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April 8, 2016

For Immediate Release

Newport News, Virginia


A Sudanese immigrant was sentenced to 33 years in prison for stabbing his wife to death outside the Sherwood Place apartments in 2014.

Baharadin Juma, 51, was found guilty on January 14, 2016, of first-degree murder and previously had pleaded guilty to stabbing another in the commission a felony in the April 28, 2014, slaying of his wife Jamila Adam, 25.

On April 28, 2014, Adam had gone to the apartment of an acquaintance to see if that man, who also spoke Arabic as she did, would drive her to the bank. Juma went to the apartment, angry that she had gone there after he had told her not to. Once in the apartment he hit her.

When Adam fled outside the apartment, Juma chased her and stabbed her nine times with a long kitchen knife. Two of the blows went all the way through her body. He then left her bleeding on the ground, threw the knife in some bushes, and walked home.

Juma insisted the stabbing was a mistake. At the sentencing hearing, he never expressed any remorse for killing his wife. On April 8, 2016, Judge Bryant L. Sugg imposed the sentence recommended by the jury of 30 years in prison. Judge Sugg also imposed three years in prison for the stabbing in the commission of a felony.