A day after the anniversary of the murder of George Sa'ado in Ramle, a plea bargain is emerging that would give one of the eight Arab youths charged in the attack a 12-year prison sentence for pulling the trigger. The youth could be free in as little as eight months on the apparent murder conviction. Five of the others are charged with manslaughter. Two others are charged with carrying a weapon, obstructing justice and assistance after the fact.
According to the indictment, Sa'ado was confronted by three youths as he took his dog for its nightly walk. After Sa'ado continued on his way, the youth in question got a gun and returned to the spot with five more youths. On Sa'ado's way home, they confronted him again, yelling against Jews and in favor of the rockets launched by Gaza terrorists. In response to their question, Sa'ado lifted his shirt to show them he was unarmed. After he continued on his way, the youth shot him three times - two to "confirm the kill". The additional shooting killed Sa'ado's dog. The youths fled and Sa'ado was able to make it to the main street, where he collapsed. Magen David Adom took him to Asaf Harofeh Hospital but he died of his wounds.