North Dakota Somali charged in murder of Native Americans
Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 6, 2012
Somehow I missed this story a couple of weeks ago, but better late then never to keep our archives up to date. I first told you about these murders in February 2011, here. At the time, the accused was only ‘a person of interest’ in the four murders, but two weeks ago he was charged in all of the slayings of a Sioux family and the boyfriend of one of the family members.
I wondered then, and still do—do federal hate crime charges come into play? How does it work when one protected class kills others of another protected class—-hummm?
The Associated Press tells us that North Dakota doesn’t have much experience with murders especially multiple murder cases:
A Somali man charged in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old woman in northwest North Dakota is now accused of killing her mother, brother and the mother’s boyfriend, who were found dead the same day in mobile home across town.
Omar Mohamed Kalmio, 27, who has a history of violent crime, was charged with murder several months after his infant daughter’s mother, Sabrina Zephier, was found dead at her home in Minot in January 2011. The baby was found in the home unharmed.
Court documents show prosecutors filed additional murder charges Friday, alleging Kalmio also was the gunman who killed 13-year-old Dylan Zephier, 38-year-old Jolene Zephier, and Jolene’s 22-year-old boyfriend, Jeremy Longie.
Multiple slayings are virtually unheard of in North Dakota, which had 10 murders and non-negligent homicides in all of 2010, according to data compiled by the FBI.
Here is the part of the story that should infuriate all of you—Why the h*** was he still running free in America? Why wasn’t he deported?
Kalmio was convicted in 2006 of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and sentenced to about a year in prison. He and a group of other Somali men were accused of attacking a man in Minneapolis in January 2006, and Kalmio stabbed him three times in the back with a knife. Kalmio also was convicted of theft in 2006, and ordered to pay a fine.
Almost 100,000 Somalis have been admitted to the US through the Refugee Resettlement Program of the US State Department, here, and there is no sign of the feds letting up. Minnesota is one of the top destination states for Somalis.
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