North Dakota: Muslim refugee gets 20 years for sexually assaulting and terrorizing young women

Abdirahman Sahel listens to his attorney Monty Mertz during his sentencing hearing Monday, April 10, 2017, in District Court in Fargo for gross sexual imposition and terrorizing in 2013. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

His second conviction. Source: Fargo teen who spent childhood in refugee camp gets 20 years for sex assault | Grand Forks Herald

A Fargo teenager who endured a “feral” childhood in a refugee camp was sentenced Monday, April 10, to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting and terrorizing a young woman nearly four years ago.

Abdirahman P. Sahel, who is believed to be 18 years old, approached two young female guests in the parking lot of the Fargo Holiday Inn in August 2013 and threatened them with a handgun before forcing one of the girls to perform a sexual act, prosecutor Cherie Clark said during Monday’s sentencing hearing.

Clark said the victim was traumatized by the attack, as was the young woman who witnessed the incident.

The essence of the sentence—20 years behind bars—was endorsed by both Clark and Sahel’s attorney, Monty Mertz. Sahel earlier pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition and terrorizing in connection with the attack.

The sentence will be served at the same time as a 12-year sentence Sahel received after he was convicted at trial in September of attacking a woman in the parking lot of the West Acres Shopping Center in September 2014. In that case Sahel was convicted on charges of robbery, attempted kidnapping, terrorizing and simple assault. DNA collected from Sahel while he was in custody for the West Acres assault tied him to the Holiday Inn attack.

At Sahel’s earlier plea hearing, the victims in the Holiday Inn case said they wanted the sentence for that crime to be served consecutive to the 12 years behind bars ordered in the West Acres case. That would have meant a much longer sentence for Sahel, since he wouldn’t serve the sentence for the 2013 crime until serving the 12-year term. The women said the two cases were separate and deserved separate sentences.

Mertz said during Monday’s sentencing hearing that Sahel will likely spend more than 15 years behind bars and when he gets out there is a strong chance he will be deported.

The defense attorney called Sahel’s situation a complex one, as it was possible Sahel was 14 when the crime at the hotel parking lot was committed. He said Sahel, who is from Somalia, lost his parents at a very early age and lived the “life of a feral child” in a refugee camp.

Mertz said because Sahel’s believed birth date in January 1999 is not a certainty, at least one psychologist who has assessed him thinks he may still be a juvenile.

“Which was very fascinating to me,” Mertz said.

Sahel was given credit for having already served about two and a half years of his sentence.

18 thoughts on “North Dakota: Muslim refugee gets 20 years for sexually assaulting and terrorizing young women

  1. Why are we allowing people who will never even try to be good citizens into The United States ? These people need to be left in their 3rd world 7th Century countries. It may sound harsh but we can not and should not subject our citizens to the dangers these people bring. We already have enough trouble of our own to deal with without playing Russian Roulette with American’s lives. Enough is enough.

  2. Do gooders allow these feral who will never be anything but feral into civised society to prey on the very people who pay taxes to feed them and house them when here. Slapped in the face, kicked in the groin again and again and still do gooders say take more, take more from them because they are the true victims. And besides U.S. has had it too good, and this is punishment for being a world power that has more and not done enough for other countries in need. Citizens are collateral damage for the greater good of bringing in ferals who may or may not cause severe harm, but for citizen martyrs it should give them a sense of doing their part.

  3. Islam and Sharia do not belong in ANY non-Muslim culture.

    How many times do they have to prove it?
    Be educated:
    Must Watch: 1400 yrs of Islam history in a few minutes…

    • I agree💯%on that. If he is a “teenager” I am. I call BS. Probably they were hoping he would be in juvenile legal authority. He looks like he could be up to 35. I am basing my opinion on this article’s pic of him only.

  4. A strong chance of being deported? How about a strong chance of being dropped out of a plane over the Atlantic?

  5. Never in the history of the USA was immigration intended to become the mass import of misfits who will become wards of the state and criminal justice system. Up until the 1960s there were elaborate systems in place to ensure this did not happen and those who did not make the cut were sent back.

    Then R Kennedy got his immigration law passed, and everything changed.

  6. The IQ of the average Somalian is around 65. That is all you need to know about it. The government has no business bring these people into a high tech first world county. That is if the purpose is to destroy this nation.

  7. Sharia law is not a religious faith but a primitive dogma of seventh century and has no place in civilized society. The Koran and Islam should discard any mandate for violence and other barbaric practices and keep the parts that claims a ‘religion of peace’ mantra.

    Sharia and related Hadids should be outlawed in Public or family practices and forbidden to be preached as Allah’s faith and prevent it to be thought to children in schools and institutions (mosques and madrasas) in the USA. The practice should be banned by all member states of the United Nations because it goes against all universally accepted individual human rights and is outright barbarous in its treatment of women and children and all other peaceful religious faith. Amen 🇺🇸

  8. I was born in fargo, grew up there to age 10, 52 years ago, they didn’t have such trash living there,It was perhaps 99% white then, and IF any such scum would have done such a thing, i think they would have been found 50 years down the line, when some farmer plowed up a long fallow section of land to plant his crop.But Fargo in the 1960’s lost a VERY large portion of it’s citizens due to the bad economy in North Dakota.They lost their best, and got the VERY worst in exchange. Fertile ground there for vigilantes.That will be North Dakotas crop they grow..

  9. Fuck you islamaphobe. We have so many homegrown terrorists, rapist and brutal attackers. There are evil people in every society. If ur a white Christian or black Muslim the punishment of the crime should be more severe than the a few years in the hell of an American Prison. It’s a “death sentence” just trying to remain human there.👈W/that said, the sexual crimes need harsher punishments‼️

  10. It has been proven that introducing lower IQ people into a higher IQ population will lower the IQ of that population. Do you think our owners don’t realize this?

  11. Why this animal was released after the first crime to be allowed to commit the second is what puzzles me.

    That the news media has completely buried this story astounds me.

    This Somali is an obvious psychopath. He should have been put to death.

If sharia keeps spreading, you will not only be silenced by the media and big technology, you will be jailed - or worse. Speak while you can!

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