A federal judge in California called Ali Elmezayen “nothing more than a greedy and brutal killer” during sentencing for the “evil and diabolical” plot.

By Doha Madani

A California man was sentenced to more than two centuries in prison on Thursday for his plot to drive his partner and two autistic sons off a wharf at the Port of Los Angeles, killing his children, in order to collect life insurance money.

Ali F. Elmezayen, 45 was hit with the maximum sentence for charges of wire fraud, mail fraud, identity theft, and money laundering in the scheme to kill his family for millions in insurance money. U.S. District Judge John F. Walter called it an “evil and diabolical” scheme during Thursday’s sentencing.

Rescuers with the Los Angeles Fire Department pulled two boys from a submerged vehicle on April 9, 2015.David Gregory / NBC Los Angeles

Elmezeyan bought more than $3 million in life and accidental death insurance policies for himself and his family between 2012 and 2013, around the same time he finished a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.

Prosecutors played phone call recordings at trial in which Elmezeyan asked to confirm that the policies were active, would be paid out upon an accidental death, and that the companies would not investigate claims made two years after the policies were purchased.

Less than two weeks after that two-year period was over, Elmezeyan drove his family off a loading dock at the Port of Los Angeles. Elmezayen’s two severely autistic sons — 13-year-old Elhassan and 8-year-old Abdelkrim — drowned after being trapped in the car.

In addition to being sentenced to 212 years in prison in the plot, Walter ordered Elmezayen to pay $261,751 in restitution to the insurance companies.

Elmezeyan is also facing murder charges in a pending state case, where he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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