Judge during sentencing of man convicted of killing his four kids: 'I've not seen a worse criminal case'

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Said Biyad, the man convicted of killing his four children in 2006, has been sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

"This was one of the most horrific crime scenes that I've seen documented," said Christie Foster with the Commonwealth Attorney's Office.

Somalian immigrant Siyad Biyad has been in jail since the October 6, 2006 deaths of his four young children - ages 8, 7, 4, and 2 - in the Iroquois Homes apartments where they all lived.

During the trial, Biyad's wife testified that on the day of the murders, Biyad became enraged when she got home from work, and beat and raped her until he passed out and then killed the four children.

All four children had their throats slashed, and Biyad's oldest son had been struck in the head.

Biyad's wife was left for dead as she frantically called 911.

"The screams that were heard during that 911 call - they just tore everyone apart who was in that courtroom," Foster said.

Biyad does not speak English and had to testify with the aid of an interpreter. He took the stand in his own defense, saying three men broke into his house and demanded millions of dollars. He said he told his wife what was happening and they started arguing, and that the men killed the children while they argued.

"She started shouting, you know, yelling at me and cussing me," Biyad said through a translator. "Then those guys went in the rooms which those - our children - were sleeping. They start, you know, harming, especially cutting their throat."

Biyad also told the judge that one of the men who killed the children took him to jail.

"Before I entered the police station, he told me, he said, 'hey, you better not say something about us,'" Biyad said. "'Don't say something about us otherwise you're going to get killed. I work for the government. Do you know me? I'm FBI.'"

Biyad did not have a jury trial, but was found guilty by Judge James Shake on April 22.

The case even shook Judge James Shake as he read the sentence Thursday morning of life without the possibility of parole.

"I've been in this seat for over 18 years and I've not seen a worse criminal case," Judge Shake said.

Despite the severity and gruesome nature of the crime, both sides say Biyad's mental testing and low IQ subtract from his eligibility of the death penalty.

"He suffers from some mental illness," said Biyad's attorney, Michael Lemke. "It's fairly serious and the primary manifestation of it is that he's paranoid."

"We have to think about all of the possibilities and all the possible outcomes and we believe that in this case life without parole is the appropriate sentence in this case," Foster said.

Now the healing process begins for the wife left behind, who continues to recover.

"She came to this country seeking a better life for herself, and for four-and-a-half years now, she's had to deal with the gruesome acts of her husband and I hope she'll be able to move on," Foster said.

The sentence also includes 20 years for rape, 20 years for attempting to murder his wife, and additional years for assault and tampering with evidence. It all adds up to 65 years - in addition to the life without parole sentence.

Despite all the powerful statements, Lemke says he plans to appeal.

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