Turkish man gets life term for NYC woman's death

Turkish man gets life term for NYC woman's death

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A suspected member of Iraq's Naqshbandi group sits handcuffed at a press conference following their arrest in Baghdad on January 3, 2012. Iraq's interior ministry held a security briefing to present the confessions of 21 men accused of being involved in attacks across the country and belonging to the Naqshbandi group backed by Izzat al-Duri, executed dictator Saddam Hussein's number two who is still on the run. AFP PHOTO/AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

khou.com

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 11:40 AM

ISTANBUL (AP) - A Turkish court has sentenced a man to life in prison for killing a New York City woman in Istanbul last year.

The Istanbul court on Tuesday additionally sentenced 47-year-old Ziya Tasali to eight years in prison for sexual assault and theft.

Sarai Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, was found dead in January 2013 amid Istanbul's ancient city walls, days after her family reported her missing during a solo vacation in the city.

Tasali, a scrap-paper collector, has been on trial for Sierra's death since September.

Sierra had traveled to Turkey to explore her hobby of photography. She came to Istanbul alone after her friend canceled for financial reasons.

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