Maine: One of three African refugees gets plea deal in last summer’s beating death of man who befriended them
Posted by Ann Corcoran on June 24, 2016
We first posted the story of the grizzly murder here. Initially a judge had sealed the documents in the case presumably to keep the public calm about the fact that at least two of the alleged murderers are Muslims and that a bloody Bible was found near the victim’s body. Freddy Akoa was a Christian.
From WGAN News Radio (hat tip: Frank):
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) One of three Portland men accused of beating and kicking a man to death in his apartment has pleaded guilty to manslaughter under a plea deal.
Twenty-four-year-old Abil Teshome entered the plea Thursday in Portland. He accepted a deal that caps his maximum prison sentence at 20 years. A murder charge against him was dismissed.
A sentencing date hasn’t been set.
The agreement comes weeks before he was scheduled to stand trial July 11 in the death of 49-year-old Freddy Akoa of Portland. Police say Akoa suffered 22 rib fractures, cuts and bruises to his head and torso and a lacerated liver from the fatal Aug. 9, 2015, attack.
Thirty-two-year-old Osman Sheikh and 37-year-old Mohamud Mohamed have pleaded not guilty in Akoa’s death.
Here is a description from the Portland Press Herald (August 25, 2015) of how Freddy Akoa died:
Freddy Akoa, the Portland man found dead in his Cumberland Avenue apartment this month, had been beaten, kicked and bashed in the head with furniture by his drinking companions during an assault that went on for hours.
Akoa, 49, had 22 rib fractures from the savage attack, cuts and bruises all over his head and torso, and a lacerated liver when his accused killers left him on his living room floor in Apartment 18 at 457 Cumberland Ave. on the morning of Aug. 10.
Those details were made public for the first time Monday when a judge at the Cumberland County Courthouse unsealed an affidavit filed by Portland police Detective Christopher Giesecke to obtain an arrest warrant for three men accused in the killing.
The affidavit had been sealed at a prosecutor’s request for one week after three accused killers appeared in court, each on a charge of murder by depraved indifference. The three – Abil Teshome, 23, Osman Sheikh, 31, and Mohamud Mohamed, 36 – are each being held without bail at the Cumberland County Jail.
The detectives who arrived found the apartment in disarray, with empty beer cans on the counter and clothes and trash strewn about. On the floor near Akoa’s head was a Bible splattered in blood. Beneath his body was an official court document with Mohamed’s name on it. On the kitchen counter was a purse with contents inside with the name of Jennifer Wilson on them, Giesecke stated.
Continue reading for more of the horrific details of Akoa’s last hours on earth.
I had been wondering what happened to this case. Pay attention “welcoming” towns and cities, diversity is not beautiful!
P.S. And remember lucky taxpayers, you paid for their resettlement and now you get to pay for their incarceration for 20 plus years!
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