In Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2011, when he was just 14 years old, Mohammed Ali Mohammed raped two women and robbed them at knifepoint. For the last six years, the Somali refugee has been in a juvenile detention center. This week, a judge announced a new sentence that involved no prison time. Instead, the 20-year-old received five years probation and was released back to society.
During the hearing, Mohammed described his younger self as “a monster” and “a very stupid kid” who “didn’t know what [he] was thinking.”
“There is nothing that I could say or do that could restore what I did to them,” he told Judge Vernice Trease. “The only way I can show them I’ve changed is how I live my life.”
Trease ordered him to wear an ankle monitor, have weekly check-ins, and prohibited him from using the Internet. Seeking to assure citizens of her decision, the judge said she “won’t bat an eye” to send Mohammed to prison if he violates his probation. Comforting.
Fox News adds:
Mohammed, in his previous testimony, said he was born in a Somali refugee camp and watched his brother get murdered by a robber, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. Mohammed said he also witnessed a rape and was sexually abused.
One of the victims in court Monday told Trease she was “terrified” knowing Mohammed will be released.
“He did adult crimes and should have an adult sentence to match what he did,” the victim said.
The whereabouts of the second victim are unknown. She may be homeless and has no contact information.
This ought to send a “we’re pretty soft on serious crimes” message to other criminal "refugees" lurking about.