Man sentenced in fatal Ala. university stabbing

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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The man accused of fatally stabbing a former friend at the University of South Alabama has been sentenced to life in prison.

Brandon Ajizadeh was sentenced Thursday in the death of 19-year-old James Franklin Dean. Authorities have said Dean was stabbed 24 times in an on-campus apartment in July 2011. Officials have said the stabbing may have stemmed from jealousy over a Dean forming a friendship with another man.

Ajizadeh's attorney, Jeff Dean, says his client has maintained his innocence throughout the trial. WKRG-TV (http://bit.ly/WHdYpG ) reports Ajizadeh stood before Dean's family in court to apologize, and a notice of appeal has been filed.

Ajizadeh will be eligible for parole.

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Information from: WKRG-TV, http://www.wkrg.com/



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