Sikander Imran, a former doctor at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, was sentenced Friday after his former girlfriend, Brook Fiske, asked a judge for a more lenient punishment, ABC affiliate WJLA reported.
Imran was charged last June with premeditated killing of a fetus of another and illegally causing abortion or miscarriage. Online records show he was also charged in November with assault and altering food, drink and drugs. He pleaded guilty earlier this year to fetal homicide, The Associated Press reported.
Imran and Fiske both lived in New York and had dated on and off for three years. Around the time that Imran left Rochester, New York, and moved to the Washington region for a new job, Fiske found out she was pregnant. But Imran didn't want to have a baby and tried to convince Fiske to have an abortion, she told WROC.
In May 2017, Fiske, who lives in Farmington, New York, said she went to Arlington, Virginia, to talk to Imran about raising their child. Unbeknown to her, Imran slipped a pill into her drink, she said.
"When I was drinking my tea in the evening, I got to the bottom of the cup and there was a gritty substance in there. And when I looked at it, I can tell that it was a pill that had been ground up," Fiske told WROC last year.
Fiske began having contractions a few hours later and was rushed to Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, where she lost her baby. She was 17 weeks pregnant.
The incident, she said, left her feeling "betrayed and devastated." Imran cried that night and admitted what he had done, she said.
During Imran's sentencing hearing Friday, his attorney argued that he's dealing with mental-health issues, according to WJLA.
The Washington Post was unable to reach Fiske on Saturday, but WJLA reported that she didn't want her ex-boyfriend to serve a long prison sentence. Fetal homicide, a Class 2 felony, is punishable by up to 40 years in prison. A judge sentenced him to 20 years, with 17 years suspended.
"I think that when something tragic happens, it is really important to find a way to move forward and to use it for good," Fiske said.
Online jail records show Imran is being held at Arlington County Detention Center.
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