The son of one of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Most Wanted suspects was sentenced to prison for hiding his father for over a decade, according to the Justice Department.
Islam Said, 32, was sentenced Tuesday to ten years in federal prison for helping his father, Yaser Said, evade capture since 2008, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Texas said in the statement. Yaser Said was accused of killing his two daughters.
#UPDATE: Islam Said Sentenced To 10 Years For Hiding Father Yaser Said To Avoid Arrest In Daughters’ Murders https://t.co/5uEpAXP3U5
— CBSDFW (@CBSDFW) April 27, 2021
#BREAKING: U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth sentences Islam Said, 32, to 10yrs for hiding fugitive father Yaser Said, accused of brutally murdering his daughters Amina & Sarah in his taxicab in 2008 honor killing. Yaser evaded capture for 12yrs @CourthouseNews pic.twitter.com/MgOySgE5fD
— David Lee (@davejourno) April 27, 2021
Yaser Said was arrested in August, 12 years after he is alleged to have shot and killed his two daughters, 18-year-old Amina and 17-year-old Sarah, in the back of his taxi in Irving, Texas, on New Year’s Day. The Egyptian-born capital murder suspect was placed on the FBI’s list in 2014. Yaser was a fugitive since the killings up until his arrest.
The #FBI joins our state and local law enforcement partners in announcing the capture of Ten Most Wanted Fugitive Yaser Abdel Said, a capital murder suspect wanted in connection with the homicide of his two teenage daughters. @FBIDallas https://t.co/Dtx26p8ZNt pic.twitter.com/AsGPoJQjCB
— FBI (@FBI) August 27, 2020
“Islam Said prioritized the whims of his father, an alleged killer, over justice for his own sisters. Thanks to the dogged work of the FBI and its law enforcement partners, however, Mr. Said’s efforts were ultimately in vain,” U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah reportedly said.
The slayings have been described as an “honor killing,” which is the killing of a member of the family, usually a woman, who is thought to have brought dishonor on the family. Yaser was reportedly angry that his daughters were dating non-Muslims, and was unwilling to raise “whores as daughters,” family members have said. (RELATED: Yaser Said, Accused Of Slaying His Two Daughters In ‘Honor Killing,’ Captured After 12 Years)
Islam pleaded guilty in January to one count of conspiracy to conceal a person from arrest, one count of concealing a person from arrest, and one count of conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, according to the Justice Department.
The murder suspect’s brother, Yassein Abdulfatah Said, 59, was convicted in February of conspiring with Islam to conceal Yaser from authorities.
Islam let his father live inside a home in Bedford, Texas, according to the Justice Department. After a maintenance worker reported a sighting of Yaser to authorities, Islam allegedly refused to cooperate with federal agents who followed up on the sighting.
The father and son later stayed in a home in Justin, Texas, that belonged to a cousin, according to the Justice Department.