I missed the sentencing story last month for the Somali teen who was convicted of breaking into a middle-aged woman’s home and raping her as she slept.
We have previously reported on Mohammed Mukhtar’s case, here.
From The Examiner:
On Tuesday, Mohammed Mukhtar, 18, was sentenced in Cumberland County Unified Criminal Court to eight years in prison for breaking into a 50-year-old woman’s apartment in Portland, and raping her as she slept.
Judge Richard Mulhern said: “This was a terrible assault on a sleeping, helpless victim,” and that Mukhtar has “no prospect for rehabilitation.”
Mukhtar pleaded guilty last month to gross sexual assault, burglary and aggravated criminal trespassing.
The Examiner then jumps to an earlier Portland Press Herald story:
Mukhtar, who had sought to be tried as a juvenile rather than an adult, listened to the judge’s words through a Somali interpreter. He showed no reaction other than occasionally wiping his hands over his face as a photographer tried to take his picture.
His attorney, Jonathan Berry, told the judge that Mukhtar wants to return to Africa but that his client otherwise had nothing to say at the hearing. Berry had said previously that deportation could prove difficult since the United States has no diplomatic relations with Somalia. [Actually they are wrong, he can be deported—ed]
“Based on the pattern of antisocial behavior he’s demonstrated so far, I think the only thing the youth would add is more offenses over the course of time. I’ve seen no remorse by Mr. Mukhtar from his actions so far. I see no prospect of rehabilitation,” Mulhern said. “I think it’s simply a matter that society needs to be protected from Mr. Mukhtar for a period of time.
For new readers we have resettled more than 100,000 Somali refugees to cities large and small in the US over the last 25 years. See one of the most widely read posts here at RRW. In three years since 9/11 ( Bush years 2004, 2005, 2006) the number of Somalis arriving topped 10,000 per year. Those refugees then began bringing in the family (chain migration!) until 2008 when shock of shocks! the State Department discovered that as many as 30,000 Somalis had lied about their kinship and weren’t related at all. The State Department then closed the “family reunification” program for Somalis. It has recently been re-opened for new and legit family members, but they have no intention of finding and deporting the liars.