Murderer of wife ‘beyond redemption’, says judge
A man who arranged for his lover to shoot dead his wife in front of their toddler son has been sentenced to life in prison - with a judge deeming him 'cold-blooded' and 'beyond redemption'. Kashif Parvaiz, from New York City, was on a walk with his wife, Nazish Noorani, 27, and their two-year-old son in Boonton, New Jersey, in August 2011 when Noorani was fatally shot in the chest. After the killing, Parvaiz - who sustained a wound to his leg - claimed his family had been targeted in an anti-Muslim attack. But his lies unraveled when his mistress admitted to her role in the crime. Antoinette Stephen, from Billerica, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty to murder in May 2013. She then testified against her boyfriend, claiming the father-of-two had plotted with her to shoot dead Noorani. In February, Parvaiz, whose other child was at home in Brooklyn at the time of the murder, was convicted of arranging for Stephen to kill his wife and injure him, making it look like a random attack. And on Thursday, he was sentenced to life in prison for murder - plus seven years for child endangerment and three years for hindering apprehension - at Morris County Superior Court. Judge Robert Gilson called Parvaiz 'cold-blooded' and 'beyond redemption' as he jailed him for at least 85 years, denying defense attorneys' requests for him to sentence the killer to just 30 years. Parvaiz reportedly showed no emotion as he was imprisoned for life. His defense team later told CBS News that he was planning to appeal his conviction and sentence for murder and his other crimes. Earlier in the sentencing, Noorani's tearful brother, Kaleem, had addressed Parvaiz, saying: 'You are a failure as a husband, father, son, as a human being, and above all, you are an evil murderer.' Meanwhile, prosecutor Matthew Troiano had deemed the killer a coward who had endangered his own son. 'He put that little boy into direct harm's way,' he said, adding Parvaiz had not run to help his wife. However, defense attorney, John Bruno, claimed Parvaiz had shown 'plenty of remorse and regret'. During the August 16, 2011, shooting, Parvaiz, Noorani and their son, Shayaan, were on a walk in Boonton, a suburb about 25 miles west of New York City where they were visiting family. Parvaiz and Noorani were both shot, while Shayaan was not injured. According to authorities at the time, Parvaiz's accounts of the attack were inconsistent and immediately raised suspicions. He apparently claimed the couple was attacked by a different combination of black and white males who shouted ethnic slurs. In his initial story, the group shouted about the family being 'terrorists'.