Sentencing for Craigslist Murder Suspect
MILWAUKEE - Tammi LaFave of Delafield was sentenced Friday to 20 years for her role in the death of 32-year-old University of Wisconsin Milwaukee student Haroon Khan.
LaFave, 21, admitted she did nothing to stop her boyfriend Travis Zoellick from killing Khan.
Khan put his car on Craigslist, and Zoellick said he would meet up to purchase the car. But instead of buying the car, Zoellick and LaFave kidnapped Khan, and drove him to Watertown, where Zoellick stabbed him to death.
LaFave was in a different car the entire ride, with a cell phone. The judge ruled LaFave had plenty of opportunities to stop the homicide.
"You drove all the way to Watertown in a separate car, with a cell phone. You could have called your mother, your father, your friends, and explained to them, I'm in a situation, what can I do? But you did nothing," Judge Carl Ashley said.
LaFave apologized in court. She told police she didn't tell because she was afraid Zoellick, her boyfriend of three weeks, would break up with her.
"I just need the Khan family to know that I am so sorry for what happened and I would never want anything harmful to happen to anyone, any innocent person, ever at all. I'm done," she said.
The Khan family didn't find her apology believable.
"I didn't feel her words were sincere. I didn't hear the remorse in her voice," Khan's older sister Aisha Naidi said.
The judge sentenced LaFave to 20 years behind bars, and five years of extended supervision. It's a sentence that pleases the grieving Khan family.
"We're grateful for the sentence that the court, Judge Ashley gave out. It's never going to bring my brother back, however it helps to give us some closure," Naidi said.
Zoellick shot himself when he saw police officers arrive at his home to question him about the homicide.