RIVERHEAD - The attorney for a Suffolk mother convicted for her role in the death of her 4-year-old daughter in 1990 has rejected a plea deal today.
Prosecutors had offered Khairual Abdul, 46, eight-and-a-third to 25 years behind bars, but Abdul's lawyer, Mary Beth Abbate, says she wants a deal that would make her client eligible for parole immediately.
Abdul and her husband, Parmijt Sing, were arrested in 2006 for the death of their daughter, Jennifer Shafiq. The girl's body was found in a shallow grave in Manorville, and Abdul was later convicted in her murder. However, last year, Abdul's murder conviction was overturned by the appellate court.
"She believes she did not kill this child," Abbate says.
Prosecutors disagree, pointing to Abdul's confession. However, Abbate says new evidence has surfaced that points the finger of blame at the girl's father.
The manslaughter plea deal has been further complicated by sentencing guidelines, which would follow the laws from 1990. Those guidelines are different than current ones, and Abdul's attorney says they may not be in her client's best interest.
While the prosecution and defense work out any potential deal, Abdul remains in jail without bail. She is due back in court Feb. 1.
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