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Orange County man could be sentenced to 25 years for deadly triple killing in Fontana

By in Press Enterprise on November 28, 2017

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

A 74-year-old Orange County man is expected to be sentenced to at least 25 years to life in prison next week after he pleaded guilty to killing three family members in a Fontana apartment complex at the beginning of the year.

During a pre-preliminary hearing on Nov. 8 at West Valley Superior court, Zafar Ali entered three guilty pleas for killing two women and a man on Jan 4, court documents show. Each charge carried a sentence of 25 years to life. He’s expected to be sentenced Dec. 8.

Residents watch the activity outside the Village Drive Apartments where two women and a man were killed, and another man was critically wounded early Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, in Fontana. A man is in custody, officials said.
(Stan Lim, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Fontana police say Ali shot his family members while most of them slept in an apartment in the 14500 block of Village Drive around 3 a.m. Jan. 4. Two women and a man — identified in a criminal complaint as Farhana Anwer, Tehseen Sabir and Mohummad Sabir — were pronounced dead at the scene. A wounded man escaped and found refuge in a neighbor’s apartment. A woman also ran out of the apartment unharmed, police said.

Authorities say a long-simmering family disagreement may have sparked the shooting; however, details surrounding the friction were not released.

Ali was visiting his family members, according to neighbors and investigators, and opened fire in the two-bedroom apartment with a modified living room where people slept. It’s unclear how many people lived in the unit.

Ali had arrived at the apartment only the night before and was visiting, police said; however, neighbors who live across from the family said they’d seen the 74-year-old man at the complex for at least two weeks prior to the shooting.

Sarah Frias, who lives in […]    

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