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July 29, 2014

Judge sentences Clark to 28 years to life in Ayobi killing

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Greta Curtis Fall sentenced Jake Clark to 28 years to life in prison for his first-degree murder conviction in the Dec. 18, 2011, shooting death of Ghulam Ayobi.

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Sacramento Superior Court Judge Greta Curtis Fall sentenced Jake Clark to 28 years to life in prison for his first-degree murder conviction in the Dec. 18, 2011, shooting death of Ghulam Ayobi.

Jurors last month returned the conviction on Clark, 21, as an aider and abettor of Shajia Ayobi, 48, the wife of the victim, a 53-year-old emigre from Afghanistan who had been employed as a cultural sensitivity consultant for the U.S. military. Shajia Ayobi also was convicted in the case last year and sentenced to 26 years to life in prison.

Fall imposed her sentence last Friday, July 25.

According to the prosecution’s theory of the case, Shajia Ayobi wanted to kill her husband as a result of his alleged physical and psychological abuse of her. She either arranged the killing with Clark or hired him to do it, prosecutors said, although jurors in two separate trials never established who actually pulled the trigger.

Police said Ghulam Ayobi was shot to death while riding as a passenger in a van with his wife. Shajia initially reported her husband’s death as the work of a carjacker while she was driving home on the eastbound Interstate 80 to North Highlands from a dinner party in the Natomas area, police said.

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