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Doctor’s Assailant Is Sentenced to Life

A life sentence plus 12 years in state prison was handed down Thursday for a man convicted of attempted murder in the shooting of a doctor.

Troy Anthony Bartholomew, 26, of San Diego received the lengthy term from San Diego Superior Court Judge Michael Wellington, who also fined him $300.

Bartholomew was found guilty Nov. 15 of premeditated attempted murder by a jury in the June 25 shooting of Dr. Hassem Seedat, who was visiting San Diego from El Centro. Seedat was shot four times.

The motive for the attack remains unknown, as Bartholomew and Seedat knew each other and were Black Muslims, according to court records.

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The doctor, who is in his 40s, did not appear at sentencing, and the probation report stated he has relocated to Australia.

The shooting took place at 33rd and Lincoln streets after Seedat gave Bartholomew a ride and had stopped to get gas. Seedat said Bartholomew demanded money before the shooting.

He was shot in the arm, jaw, shoulder, and a bullet scraped his heed, the probation report said. One arm is partly paralyzed.


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