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25-year term in immigrant's death

October 18, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A decorated former member of a renowned British army unit was sentenced to serve at least 25 years in prison for a racially motivated murder he committed as a teenager.

Michael Ross, 30, was convicted in June of walking into the Mumutaz Indian restaurant in 1994 wearing a ski mask and shooting waiter Shamsuddin Mahmood, a Bangladeshi immigrant, as he took a customer's order. Prosecutors said the motive was racism.

Ross joined Scotland's famous Black Watch regiment and was decorated for bravery in Iraq in 2005.

Judge Andrew Hardie said Ross was guilty of a "vicious, evil, unprovoked murder."

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