Shabazz Sentenced for Robbery
Aug. 30, 2002
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GOSHEN, N.Y. (AP) _ Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of Malcolm X who set the 1997 fire that killed his grandmother, was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for his role in a robbery.
Shabazz, 17, was supposed to face a two-year prison term, but he failed to show up for the sentencing originally set for Aug. 13. He also was sentenced Thursday to three years of post-release supervision.
Shabazz pleaded guilty in July to attempted robbery. He and a 17-year-old accomplice, Thomas Carter-Love, were charged in January with beating and robbing another youth of $100 in Middletown. Carter-Love pleaded guilty in May to second-degree robbery.
In 1997, when Shabazz was 12, he pleaded guilty to arson for setting the fire that killed his 61-year-old grandmother, Betty, wife of the late civil rights activist Malcolm X, in her Yonkers apartment.
He is the son of Qubilah Shabazz, who was 4 when she saw her father assassinated in Harlem.