WaPo is effusively writing about what a wonderful! noble! brilliant! model prisoner he is. Best comment on this article over at WaPo: "He's setting such a good example in prison, it seems like a shame not to keep him there."
Potomac doctor convicted of killing wife seeks shorter sentence Washington Post (thanks to Cynthia)An imprisoned Potomac doctor convicted 10 years ago of pummeling his wife to death with a rubber mallet is seeking to be set free as early as this year.
Zakaria Oweiss, a once-popular obstetrician, has been a model inmate among a “larger and angrier population,” according to court filings. The 68-year-old writes medical columns for the prison newsletter, referees soccer matches and facilitates antiviolence discussion groups. Oweiss’s request to reduce his 30-year sentence, made possible by a controversial state law and scheduled to be heard in court Thursday, has revived a notorious case known for its stunning brutality and the way it tore a family apart.
But one thing has not changed, according to Montgomery County prosecutors: Oweiss refuses to show any acceptance of responsibility or any remorse. In court filings, they say he should serve the full length of his original sentence.
“The defendant deserves every minute of 30 years,” prosecutor Donna Fenton wrote.
Prosecutors also recounted vivid details of the crime. Enraged over wife Marianne’s infidelity, Oweiss struck in their basement. “The brutality of that attack was almost beyond description and well exceeds comprehension,” prosecutors wrote. “Oweiss struck his wife of 22 years, the mother of their two sons, at least seven times on the head.”
At the trial, Oweiss’s attorney suggested that it was the couple’s oldest son, Omar, who was the killer. “Oweiss pursued an unconscionable defense,” prosecutors called it.
Oweiss said in court papers that he’s already been punished and that his sentence should be lessened because of his exemplary behavior behind bars and ill health. He has coronary artery disease, diabetes and hypertension, according to court filings.
Oweiss’s attorney, Michael Lytle, has given the court a petition signed by more than 210 people who support Oweiss. Some of the signers’ comments: “Have mercy. . . . Release this noble man now! . . . Great person. . . . The best person. . . . Doesn’t deserve even one day in prison.”
Omar Oweiss said he will not come to court. “I will not be participating in or attending my father’s hearing this Thursday,” he said in a brief e-mail exchange. “I have nothing to add at this point.”
Ten years ago, Omar Oweiss testified against his father and was ostracized by family members. On at least some level, he has moved on, earning an undergraduate degree in economics and master’s degree in German studies at the University of Maryland, forging a career in international economic development and starting a family in Rockville.
Amin Oweiss, his younger brother, declined to comment Wednesday. In 2011, Amin pleaded guilty to robbery after getting drunk, taking a cab home, telling the driver he needed to go inside and get the $24 fare, returning with a rifle and pointing it at the driver, according to court records. The driver was not injured. At Amin Oweiss’s sentencing hearing last year, he talked about the lasting impact of his mother dying at his father’s hands and their “perfect Potomac life” shattered. He told the judge that he used the incident as an excuse to abuse alcohol but had become sober and was maturing as a person. Amin Oweiss admitted to the cabbie robbery, apologized to the driver and was sentenced to a work-release center.