Report: Moussa’s killer gets life in prison

Collage of three Moussa pics
Jholie Moussa, a 16-year-old sophomore at Mount Vernon High School, was killed in January 2018. (Family photos)

Nebiyu Ebrahim has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2018 murder of 16-year-old Mount Vernon High School student Jholie Moussa.

Ebrahim was sentenced Wednesday afternoon in Fairfax County Circuit, according NBC Washington’s Julie Carey.

“It’s been hell, and it’s been torture. This whole entire thing,” said Zhane Moussa, Jholie’s twin, during a news conference after the sentencing.

Jholie Moussa was reported missing by her family after she left her home in the Mount Zephyr neighborhood on January 12 and did not return home. Her body was found by police two weeks later, buried under leaves in nearby Woodlawn Park.

Ebrahim was identified as a person of interest in the case by police early in their investigation. He had been in an abusive relationship with Moussa and was later convicted of assaulting her while the two were a couple.

Ebrahim was not charged with Moussa’s death until August 2018, when the 18 year old was released from jail after serving time for assaulting Moussa. He later confessed to police that he choked Moussa to death in the park on the day she went missing.