Jordan's criminal court sentenced a Jordanian man to seven and a half years in prison on Monday for strangling his 16-year-old sister in a so-called "honor killing." The court said that the man had confessed to the police, saying that he had no regrets and had killed his sister to cleanse the family honor. The sentence is considered harsh. Such offenses carry a six months sentence in Jordan, where the conservative society tolerates honor crimes. The court initially sentenced the defendant Monday to 10 years in jail but then commuted the sentence because he had no previous criminal record.