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Man to get at least 30 years for shooting wife outside Chapel Hill school

Posted October 14, 2014

— A man who authorities say gunned down his estranged wife outside a Chapel Hill elementary school more than two years ago pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree kidnapping as part of a plea deal that will put him in prison for the next 30 to 42 years of his life.

Ali Cherfaoui, 51, has already been sentenced to a maximum of 3½ years after recently pleading guilty to charges of discharging a weapon on school property and possession of a weapon on school property in connection with the May 25, 2012, death of Chahnaz Kebaier, 40.

Police said Cherfaoui shot Kebaier multiple times as she waited for their 4-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter to be dismissed from Mary Scroggs Elementary School.

Authorities have said the case was the result of an "ongoing domestic dispute," and court documents indicate Kebaier had obtained a domestic violence protective order in which she claimed he threatened to kill her if she took the children.

Cherfaoui was initially charged with first-degree murder – a sentence that carries a minimum of life in prison without the possibility of parole – but is expected to enter a second-degree murder plea on Oct. 27, according to Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall.


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  • Olenc Native Oct 15, 2014
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    Why is it that some people can't even compromise on their access to firearms even though they know it would save lives?

  • disgusted2010 Oct 15, 2014

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    Did a gun scare you when you were a child?

  • ohbumr Oct 15, 2014

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    why is it that liberals constantly defend murders?

  • Forthe Newssite Oct 15, 2014
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    I remember when this happened. He should get LIFE without! no question

  • Lightfoot3 Oct 15, 2014

    "And yet he was allowed to have a firearm." - A cold, hard dose of Hans

    Uh, no, he wasn't. The protective order barred him from possessing a firearm. You see, criminals don't follow the law. You can ban guns all you want, but the criminals will still have and use them.

    "what we aren't hearing is what exactly she did to enrage him so much. Most folks don't go crazy like that for no reason at all." - Bealzebub

    while no justification for what he did, that's a good question. It's often ignored because then you'll be accused of blaming the victim. But one wonders if she was keeping the kids from him, taking all his money, etc. Perhaps at the guidance of a lawyer. Or he could have just been a mean dominating man and when she showed some independence, he couldn't handle it. But we should still be allowed to ask the questions. Whatever the case, he did evil and should perish.

  • diana123 Oct 15, 2014

    hang 'im

  • Christopher Rose Oct 15, 2014
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    what we aren't hearing is what exactly she did to enrage him so much. Most folks don't go crazy like that for no reason at all.

  • uBnice Oct 15, 2014

    What a tragedy! Makes you wonder what makes men snap in these circumstances. Why couldn't he just walk away for the children's sake?!

    I also wonder how many of these "ongoing domestic dispute" cases are associated with attorneys milking their clients.

    I would not be surprised if this is not the only situation that has occurred for the attorney involved on the wife's side.

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Oct 15, 2014

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    +1. I know domestic disputes can be very complex and make people want to do crazy things but as a married man with 2 kids there's nothing I can think of that would make me take their mother from them.

  • Lightfoot3 Oct 15, 2014

    30 to 42 years, living on the tax payer dime, for murdering his wife. He should be swinging from the gallows.