CaribWorldNews, BROOKLYN, NY, Fri. Oct. 16, 2009: Self-confessed Guyanese drug king pin, Shaheed Roger Khan, yesterday apologized to the American people and his family for the pain his actions may have caused them.
Khan`s comments came at his sentencing yesterday before Judge Dora L. Irizarry at the U.S. Eastern District Court in Brooklyn, New York. Addressing the court before a packed room of relatives, friends, onlookers and the media, the man who once claimed he ran a death squad In Guyana made no reference to his homeland.
Instead, he smiled and waved to his family and relatives in the courtroom while also thanking his attorneys John Bergendahl and Diarmuid White for `being men of integrity.`
Judge Irizarry sentenced Khan to 30 years imprisonment on charges of drug smuggling, witness tampering and gun possession in Vermont but noted that Khan will only serve 15 years in prison.
While Justice Irizarry read three letters from Guyanese who asked for a longer sentence than the 15 years offered to Khan as part of his plea bargain deal, the judge said the deal was done and it is possible that the Khan case could have been acquitted had it gone to trial.
The point had previously been reiterated by federal prosecutor Shannon Jones. Khan changed his not guilty plea to guilty in March under a plea deal with prosecutors.
He faces deportation back to Guyana after serving his sentence.