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ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — A judge sent a man to prison for life plus 84 years for killing another man for his marijuana plants, the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.

Zakaria Hussein Ali, 27, received the maximum sentence the law allows.

He was found guilty in November of robbing an Aurora man of his marijuana plants and leaving him to bleed to death in his home. Ali was sentenced Jan. 18.

“The jury convicted him of first-degree murder after deliberation; first-degree felony murder; second-degree assault causing serious bodily injury; aggravated robbery; conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and being an accessory to a crime in the Oct. 13, 2012 death of Carlos Muse, 38,” the district attorney’s office said.

Ali was on parole when he traveled to Colorado with four co-defendants to obtain marijuana to sell in Minnesota.

Ali threatened to shoot Muse if he didn’t provide the quantity of marijuana demanded.

Muse wasn’t able to provide the marijuana and he was shot in the femoral artery, bound at his wrists and ankles and left to bleed to death on the floor of his home, the district attorney’s office said.

The defendants pulled up the plants from the marijuana grow in the basement.

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