Iraqi man to be sentenced for wife's beating death

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — An Iraqi immigrant convicted of beating his wife to death in what police initially believed was a hate crime is set to be sentenced in Southern California.

Kassim Alhimidi of El Cajon could get life in prison when he's sentenced on Thursday afternoon, about a month after he was convicted of killing his wife.

San Diego County prosecutors said the Iraqi immigrant bludgeoned Shaima Alawadi at their home in March of 2012 because she planned to divorce him. The couple's eldest daughter found her in a pool of blood on the kitchen floor. She died two days later.

A note found nearby read: "This is my country, go back to yours, you terrorist." Investigators determined it was a photocopy.

The defense argued that Alhimidi had no motive to kill her.

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