Instigator in Neal Sweeney murder-for-hire case sentenced
BY Staff Reports
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
1/22/13 at 3:38 PM
The alleged instigator in the Neal Sweeney murder-for-hire case was sentenced Tuesday to 32 ½ years in prison and 2 ½ years probation.
The sentence was handed down to Mohammed Aziz, a convenience store operator, who has said he agreed to pay $10,000 to have Sweeney killed and wound up paying $11,100.
Sweeney, 63, was shot once in the head on Sept. 4, 2008, at his business, Retail Fuels Marketing, 3158 S. 108th East Ave.The former Universityof Tulsafootball standout pass receiver died the next day.
Retail Fuels Marketing had stopped regular delivery of fuel to Aziz’s convenience stores because Aziz was not making payments, and the resulting lack of gasoline created major financial problems for him, testimony indicated.
Aziz had previously pleaded guilty to solicitation of murder, and prosecutors dismissed the murder and conspiracy counts against him.
Prosecutors have indicated that Aziz was the instigator in the plot, Allen Shields was the money man, Fred Shields Jr. was the facilitator and Terrico Bethel was the hit man.
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