A woman who arranged for the murder of her husband but then tried to cover it up as a fatal carjacking was sentenced today to 26 years to life in prison.
Shajia Ayobi apologized to her children before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Helena R. Gweon imposed the term for the Dec. 18, 2011, shooting death of her husband, Ghulam Ayobi.
The defendant had claimed she was a victim of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of abuse she had suffered in her marriage.
"I never imagined I would see this kind of day," Shajia Ayobi, 47, told the court. "I always thought it would be the opposite."
Judge Gweon called it "a tragic and unusual case." She said the 53-year-old victim "did many good things." She said "he was not a perfect man, but he did not deserve to be killed."
Gulam Ayobi was shot and killed in the couple's car as they were driving to their Foothill Farms home on Interstate 80 after a Natomas dinner party. Authorities have since filed murder charges against Shajia Ayobi's alleged accomplice in the case, Jake Clark, 20. His next court date is June 18.