January 16, 2012
Second Fogel family killer sentenced to five life sentences
A second Palestinian man was sentenced to five consecutive life sentences for the murder of five members of the Fogel family in a West Bank Jewish settlement.
Amjad Awad, 19, was sentenced Monday in a West Bank military court. He was convicted in November for the March 11 murders in Itamar, which is near his home in the West Bank town of Hawarta.
Awad also was sentenced to an additional seven years in prison on two counts of weapons trafficking and one count of conspiracy to commit murder, for a total sentence of 132 years in prison.
The panel of judges said it had considered giving Awad the death penalty. The judges also said in their decision that Awad “doesn’t have a fragment of regret in his heart.”
Awad and his cousin, Hakim Awad, murdered Udi Fogel, 36, and Ruth Fogel, 35, and their children, Yoav, 11; Elad, 4; and Hadas, 3 months, in a Shabbat eve attack on their home in the northern West Bank. Hakim Awad was sentenced in September to five life sentences plus five years, for a total of 130 years.
Three of the Fogel children survived the attack. Two were sleeping in a side bedroom and were not discovered, and a daughter was out of the house at the time of the killings. She came home to discover the bodies.