A 14-year-old Somali refugee who raped two women in Utah was released from a juvenile detention center after six years and will not face prison time.
According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Mohammed Ali Mohammed raped the women and robbed them at knifepoint on consecutive nights in Salt Lake City back in 2011.
Mohammed, now 20, did plead guilty to rape, sexual assault and kidnapping in 2012.
Mohammed attacked one woman outside her home, and the next night, broke into another woman’s home and raped her before demanding she drive him to an ATM and withdraw cash.
However, on Monday, Mohammed received probation and learned he would not have to spend any time in an adult prison.
Mohammed had spent six years in a youth detention facility, although the victims had pleaded with the court to try Mohammed as an adult in the case.
Before the decision was made, Mohammed admitted his guilt in court.
“I was a monster,” he said.
“I didn’t know what I was thinking. I was a very stupid kid,” Mohammed continued. “There is nothing that I could say or do that could restore what I did to them.”
“The only way I can show them I’ve changed is how I live my life,” Mohammed pleaded.
That was enough to persuade the court not to give him prison time.
As a result, Mohammed was sentenced to five years probation, according to the New York Daily News.
Fox News reported that weekly check-ins, lack of internet access, and an ankle monitor are all part of his probation terms.
Where has the U.S. justice system gone wrong and how can we fix the problem? This man committed a violent crime but yet he will not face the full consequences of his actions.
Five years probation is hardly a just punishment. In fact, it’s hardly an inconvenience.
Sadly, stories of sexual crimes by refugees in the Western world are hardly unheard of.
But this is absolutely the worst case scenario for the two victims who will never get to see justice be served the way they deserve.
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