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Man who beheaded wife jailed in US

A husband who launched a US Muslim TV network to counter negative images of Islam has been jailed for 25 years for beheading his wife after she tried to divorce him.

Pakistani television executive Muzzammil Hassan expressed deep regret as he was given the maximum sentence in Erie County court in Buffalo.

A jury spent just an hour deliberating before convicting him of second-degree murder last month in the 2009 death of Aasiya Hassan, who also was from Pakistan.

Hassan had tried to convince jurors the death was justified, claiming he had been abused by his wife and was afraid of her. But prosecutors said he was acting out of his determination to control his wife after she filed for divorce.

The Hassans had started the Bridges TV network to build cultural understanding after the 9/11 attacks.

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