ISTANBUL (CBSNewYork/AP) – Turkey’s state-run news agency says a prosecutor is demanding life imprisonment for a man suspected of killing a Staten Island woman in Istanbul.
Sarai Sierra, a 33-year-old mother of two, was found dead on Feb. 2, nearly two weeks after she was reported missing during a solo vacation in the city. The suspect, identified as Ziya Tasali, was on the run for more than a month, before being nabbed.
Tasali was caught in Syria in March in a joint operation by Syrian rebels and Turkish officials, Istanbul’s police chief announced at the time.
The Anadolu Agency said Tuesday an Istanbul prosecutor is demanding a life sentence for Tasali on murder charges. Citing the prosecutor’s indictment, Anadolu says Tasali has also been charged with sexual assault and theft and is facing 14 years of prison for those crimes.
No trial date was set.
Police said Sierra suffered a fatal blow to the head. She also had been stabbed.
Sierra traveled to Istanbul alone on Jan. 7 to explore her photography hobby. She also made a side trip to Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Munich, Germany. It was her first trip outside of the United States.
You May Also Be Interested In These Stories
- Suspicious Package Forces Evacuations Near Port Authority Terminal
- NJ Church Raises Funds To Welcome Syrian Refugee Family
- $10,000 Reward Offered After Mother, Daughter Targeted In Linden Shooting
- Police: Surveillance Video Shows Mother Before She Left Baby In Church Nativity Scene
(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)