In 2011, a 14 year-old Somali refugee named Mohammed Ali Mohammed, raped two different women in Utah. Now, six years later, a female judge has given him probation instead of a transfer from juvenile detention to an adult prison for what he did. He’s 20 now and has spent almost six years at a Salt Lake Valley juvenile detention center after pleading guilty to rape, sexual assault and kidnapping charges in 2012. One of the women he raped, he forced to pull money from an ATM so he could buy clothes for school.
As Mohammed stood before a judge last Monday with his hands and legs shackled together, he said that he did “very, very horrible things” six years ago. He raped those two women at knife-point on consecutive nights in Salt Lake City. He attacked one woman who was standing outside of her home and then the next night, he broke into another woman’s home and assaulted her there. She’s the one that he forced to pull $400 for school clothes. “I was a monster,” Mohammed said Monday in 3rd District Court. “I didn’t know what I was thinking. I was a very stupid kid.” No, you are just plain evil.
After six years in a juvenile detention facility, he says he’s learned a lot and is ready to show he’s a different person than the boy who assaulted the two women in 2011. “There is nothing that I could say or do that could restore what I did to them,” he said. “The only way I can show them I’ve changed is how I live my life.” Bull crap. Those poor women must be terrified over this travesty of justice. Shame on that judge.
He pleaded guilty to charges in both adult and juvenile court, allowing a “blended” sentence that would give him the chance to receive services in the juvenile system, but still give the judge the option to sentence him to adult prison, if necessary. Judge Trease informed Mohammed he would not go to prison and instead sentenced him to strict probation that requires him to check-in weekly with the court and his probation officer. He’s to have no Internet access and has to wear an ankle monitor, among other restrictions. It’s still not good enough in my book. Not nearly. If he violates his probation in any way, Trease said, she “won’t bat an eye” in sending him to prison to serve consecutive sentences on the three crimes he pleaded guilty to in adult court. “I won’t let you down,” Mohammed told the judge at the end of the hearing.
Both the prosecutors and one of his victims were incensed by the judge’s ruling. One victim told the judge that she is “terrified” at the thought of Mohammed being out on the same streets where she lives. The woman, who was assaulted inside her home, asked for the strictest sentence that the judge could impose, saying that she has to live with flashbacks and fear every day. “He did adult crimes,” she told the judge tearfully, “and should have an adult sentence to match what he did.” I so agree with her. His other victim was a college student at the time. Now she’s a drug addict and in trouble with the law. He ruined her life.
On Aug. 14, 2011, in Salt Lake City, the teen crept up behind a woman who was outside her house with a dog and held a four-inch switchblade to her throat. He threatened to cut her if she screamed, the charges state, then raped her behind the home. The following night, the boy broke into another woman’s home. He looked through drawers in the house before raping the woman. The teen then forced the woman to go to an ATM and withdraw money for him. The ATM machine’s security camera eventually led police to young Mohammed. He would later tell investigators he wanted the money so he didn’t have to wear stained clothes on the first day of ninth grade school classes. You don’t come back from that kind of animalism.