Man convicted for killing two motorcyclists in Rowan County in 2012

Man convicted for killing two motorcyclists in Rowan County in 2012
(Source: Rowan Sheriff's Office)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Khalil Abdul Farook was convicted on Wednesday by a jury of two counts of felony second degree murder and one count of felony failure to remain at the scene of an accident that caused serious injury or death.

The accident happened in June, 2012, near the intersection of Airport Road and Village Creek Way in Rowan County.

According to the Highway Patrol, Farook ran off the road on the right side, then over corrected bringing the car back onto the road. The car ended up sideways in the road, striking a motorcycle carrying the man and woman.

The man on the motorcycle died at the scene, the woman died a short time later in the ambulance.

Troopers have identified the couple as Mark and Sue Jones of Granite Quarry.

Following the jury’s verdict on Wednesday, Farook pled no contest to the status of being a violent habitual felon, which carries a mandatory penalty of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Following the jury’s verdict, Judge Anna Mills Wagoner sentenced Farook to two consecutive sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole, along with a consecutive prison sentence of 29-44 months.

Farook was previously convicted of felony second degree murder and felony assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill inflicting serious injury, which supported his status as a violent habitual felon.

District Attorney Brandy Cook stated that she appreciated the work of prosecutors Sarah Garner and Aaron Berlin, the thorough investigation conducted by the North Carolina Highway Patrol, and the jury.

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