Brother, Sister Sentenced for Store Owner's Death

Woman married victim’s brother to help him get green card

Friday, Oct 28, 2011  |  Updated 9:51 PM EDT
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Brother, Sister Sentenced for Store Owner's Death

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A brother and sister have been sentenced to prison for their roles in the robbery and murder of a District of Columbia store owner.

Shanika Robinson was sentenced in D.C. Superior Court on Friday to 54 years in prison. Her brother Leon was sentenced to 75-and-a-half years.

They were convicted in August in the 2009 murder of Shahubbudin Rana, an owner of a northeast Washington store.

Prosecutors said Shanika Robinson married Rana's brother to help him get a green card, with the promise she would receive monthly payments of $2,000 in return.

The payments stopped when Rana learned that Robinson was having an affair. She then enlisted her brother and another man to rob the store. Rana was stabbed, beaten with a hammer and set afire during the robbery.

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