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New Jersey Mother Opens Up After Convicted Terrorist Murders Her Son


Allison Tevlin, whose son Brendan was murdered in 2014, says the killer’s apparent lack of remorse didn’t surprise her, but something else about him did.

“It struck me more that he was so offended that he was going to be imprisoned and would miss out on raising his two daughters,” Tevlin told Law&Crime host and longtime friend Bob Bianchi.

Ali Muhammad Brown pleaded guilty to Brendan’s murder last March. Prosecutors say that on June 25, 2014, he fatally shot the 19-year-old Tevlin at a traffic light in West Orange, New Jersey.

He reportedly admitted to killing Tevlin, and three men in Washington State as part of some cross-county “jihad.” Brown construed these actions as revenge for lives lost in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and Iran.

“All these lives are taken every single day by America, by this government,” he said in court documents obtained by NJ Advance Media. “So a life for a life.”

Charges included terrorism and murder. He was sentenced to life without parole.

At the hearing, Brendan’s little sister Michaela described the sorrow she felt on hearing detectives tell her family that her brother had been murdered.

“It was in that moment I thought my chest was caving in on itself,” she said. “It was nearly impossible to catch my breath. My entire body had gone numb, and the only thing I felt was the immense pain in my heart.”

Allison Tevlin said she didn’t think Brown would ever truly feel bad for what happened.

“I don’t think he would have any remorse for anything he has done,” she said.

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