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Murderer of America’s first turbaned Sikh police officer sentenced to death

“Verdict is in: Jurors sentence Robert Solis to death. We are extremely grateful that justice has been served,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted

Robert Solis sentenced to death for murder of Officer Sandeep Dhaliwal (Picture credit: Twitter)

The murderer of America’s first turbaned Sikh police officer, Sandeep Dhaliwal, has finally been meted out justice -- the death sentence. Convict Robert Solis was, on Wednesday, awarded the capital punishment by a jury at the Harris County Criminal Court in Houston.

The sentence gives closure to a four-year-old case which shook the town as well as America. A 38-year-old, Sandeep Dhaliwal, made national headlines in 2015 when he gained permission to wear a turban as part of his uniform. Five articles -- Kesh (uncut hair), Kara (a steel bracelet), Kanga (a wooden comb), Kachh (a cotton undergarment) and Kirpan (a short ceremonial knife) -- are absolute essentials in the Sikh faith and are required to be carried by men all the time.

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