A Somali refugee who have been sentenced to probation after serving six years in a juvenile detention facility for raping two Utah girls in 2011 would possibly quickly be deported, officers showed Thursday.
Mohammed Ali Mohammed, now 20, was intended to be on strict probation for 5 years, after a third District pass judgement on on Nov. 27 opted to give him an opportunity at probation as a substitute of a long time period in grownup jail.
The sentencing got here a month ahead of Mohammed’s 21st birthday — the time when he would age out of the juvenile device and may just not be housed on the Wasatch Youth Center, the place he has been since pleading to blame to rape, sexual attack and kidnapping fees in 2012.
Judge Vernice Trease ordered that Mohammed be below strict probation phrases, which incorporated ankle tracking and no web get admission to. She additionally ordered that he test in weekly with each his probation officer and in courtroom together with her.
If he didn’t practice the phrases, she stated she wouldn’t “bat an eye” ahead of revoking his probation and sending him to jail.
But it sounds as if Mohammed gained’t get that opportunity at probation.
His legal professional, Ray Shuey, wrote in a Tuesday e mail to the pass judgement on that once Shuey went to the Adult Probation and Parole (AP&P) place of work that day to meet with Mohammed and his probation officer, he was informed his shopper was in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.
“While at the AP&P offices, I was informed by ICE Senior Deportation Officer Martin Lawrence that Mohammed had been taken into custody for deportation,” Shuey wrote within the e mail, which was filed with the courtroom.
Shuey didn’t reply to a telephone name in quest of remark.
ICE spokesman Carl Rusnok showed Thursday that Mohammed was taken into custody previous that week on the probation workplaces.
He wrote in an e mail that whilst Mohammed entered the rustic legally in 2009, his criminal convictions within the grownup courtroom made him deportable.
“As an aggravated felon, Mohammed has been issued a notice to appear before a federal immigration judge,” Resnok wrote. “He will remain in ICE custody pending disposition of his immigration case.”
Mohammed’s mom informed The Tribune in 2012 that she and her circle of relatives fled Somalia to Yemen in 1992. Her son was born in a refugee camp there, Zahra Mohammed stated, clear of the civil warfare in Somalia however no longer unfastened from violence.
He noticed his brother killed by way of a robber, in accordance to testimony at previous courtroom complaints, witnessed a rape and was himself the sufferer of sexual abuse.
On Aug. 14, 2011, in Salt Lake City, the then-14-year-old youngster got here up in the back of a lady who was out of doors her space with a canine and held a four-inch switchblade to her throat. He threatened to reduce her if she screamed, the costs state, then raped her in the back of the house.
The following night time, the boy broke into some other lady’s house. He seemed thru drawers in the home ahead of raping the girl, in accordance to charging paperwork.
The youngster then pressured the girl to pass to an ATM and withdraw cash for him, in accordance to fees.
He pleaded to blame to charged in each juvenile and grownup courtroom, permitting a “blended” sentence that will give him the danger to obtain services and products within the juvenile device, however nonetheless give the pass judgement on the choice to sentence him to grownup jail, if essential.
Supporters of Mohammed, most commonly staffers and volunteers at Wasatch Youth Center, informed the pass judgement on at his November sentencing that he has answered neatly to services and products there. He understands empathy and duty, and was a pacesetter in his unit. He had deliberate to paintings as a chippie when he was launched.
Mohammed’s sentence of probation was no longer what prosecutors or sufferers had sought.
One rape sufferer informed the pass judgement on at sentencing that she was “terrified” on the considered Mohammed being out at the identical streets the place she lives. Prosecutors had stated a sentence on the Utah State Prison was a becoming punishment for the violent crimes.