Father of Madison school shooter pleads guilty to lesser charge

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Dr. Iqbal Memon, the father of the teen who shot a classmate at Discovery Middle School in Madison in 2010, has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.  He was initially charged with hindering the prosecution of his son and convicted murderer Hammad Memon, who killed Todd Brown in 2010.

WHNT News 19's Beth Jett was in the courtroom Tuesday morning as the plea was made.  The charge against Dr. Memon was amended to attempted hindering prosecution.  The judge issued him a 179-day suspended sentence and a $6,000 fine.

WHNT News 19 asked Dr. Memon if he had a message for his patients or family as a result of today's outcome.  "I love them," he said as he got on the elevator outside the courtroom and the doors closed.

Dr. Memon was tried for hindering prosecution in April.  The jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict, causing the judge to declare a mistrial.

His second trial was scheduled to start on September 8.

WHNT News 19 is gathering reaction to today's plea.  We'll have more throughout the day in our newscasts and on WHNT.com.

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