SEATTLE – A judge sentenced a 34-year-old man to life in prison on Thursday for killing one woman and injuring five other people in a rampage at a Seattle Jewish Federation office.
Naveed Haq, of Pasco, and his father appealed to Judge Paris Kallas for forgiveness. Haq said he thanks God every day more people were not killed and said a cocktail of poorly prescribed psychiatric drugs turned him into a violent man.
Kallas also heard from victims and their supporters, including Nicole Waechter, whose mother, Pam, was killed in the 2006 shooting. Waechter told the judge her mother would have wanted her friends and family to move on and keep laughing.
Haq was found guilty in December on aggravated murder and attempted murder charges.