Man will spend decades in prison for 2019 murder of Lincoln teen
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Majdal Elias will serve up to 70 years in prison for the murder of 15-year-old Ali Al-Burkat in 2019.
Lancaster County District Judge Lori Maret sentenced Elias to 90 to 140 years in prison on Wednesday.
Under state law, that will be cut in half, so Elias will serve at least 45 years.
In April, Elias was found guilty of second-degree murder and three related gun charges after a seven-day trial.
In September 2019, officers responded to gunshots near 7th Street and Fletcher Avenue.
Officers received additional information from the 911 Emergency Communications Center that a man had been shot and needed medical assistance.
When officers arrived, they found Ali in a parking lot near 14th and Superior Streets. He had a gunshot wound to the back, according to Lincoln Police.
They began CPR and took him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Investigators determined that Ali had been in the area to rob a drug dealer of marijuana.
The drug dealer was not associated with the shooting, according to then-Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister.
Investigators began processing the scene for evidence and eventually deemed Elias a suspect, Bliemeister said.
The investigators were able to identify the vehicle Elias had driven and tracked his movements before and after the shooting.
Lincoln Police arrested Elias on Feb. 27, 2020.