HOUGHTON, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – The Michigan appeals court has affirmed the murder conviction of a man who killed his newlywed wife from Iran before she started graduate school at Michigan Technological University.

Nima Nassiri was convicted of second-degree murder in 2014. He raised many issues on appeal, including claims of an ineffective attorney and a jury influenced by publicity in the Upper Peninsula. But the appeals court wasn’t swayed Friday.

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Nassiri admits he struck his wife Sanaz Nezami,  but says he didn’t intend to kill her in 2013. He’s eligible for parole in 2033.

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Nezami’s family in Iran allowed her heart, lungs and other organs to be given to seven people — an extraordinary donation. Marquette General Hospital communicated with relatives over online video after putting the 27-year-old’s name into a Google search.

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