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Hammad Memon is now 17 years old, sentenced to 30 years in prison, and has no source of income, at least for now. Hammad Memon is now 17 years old, sentenced to 30 years in prison, and has no source of income, at least for now.
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MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

A Madison County Judge signed off on a 30 year sentence for Discovery Middle School shooter Hammad Memon, and the District Attorney's office agreed to a plea deal.

Memon is also fined $10,000 and will have the pay the family of his victim, Todd Brown, restitution.

Restitution is determined by any expenses the family incurs as a result of the murder. For example, funeral-burial costs, medical bills, even counseling if the family needed it, and that could total into the thousands.

Memon is now 17 years old, sentenced to 30 years in prison, and has no source of income, at least for now. He will remain in solitary confinement until he is 21 years old and then could take a job in prison, making roughly eleven cents an hour, which would take years to pay back the restitution.

Legal Analyst Mark McDaniel, who represented the Brown family, said paying it may increase his chances for parole.

It falls right in there with things like good behavior in jail. Once he is up for parole in 15 years, the parole board will look and see if he paid restitution, which could possibly help his case for getting out of prison early.

"They look at the good and the bad in the prison system. If they've done a lot of good, like get an education and worked, that is something the parole board will consider," said McDaniel.

According to the Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission, only about 15 percent of restitution is ever paid.

"If he wants to work and do what's right, he asked for their prayers from the family, so he can go ahead and work and save up his money and get that restitution or his mommy and daddy can come forward," added McDaniel.

There is some help out there for Todd Brown's family and any other family who have lost a loved one.

They could apply to the Alabama Crime Victims Compensation Commission, which can help families up to $15,000.

It is funded entirely by criminals through fines and fees.

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