Iraqi immigrant found guilty in brutal 2012 rape
By MATT STEINER | The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) | Published: January 22, 2014
A 21-year-od Iraqi immigrant was found guilty Tuesday on multiple counts of sexual assault, but innocent on one count of 1st degree assault.
Jasim Mohammed Hasin Ramadon, also known as Jay Hendrix, was charged in the brutal rape of a Colorado Springs woman in July 2012 at a west Colorado Springs apartment complex.
Ramadon could face life in prison; he will be sentenced April 18.
Four other Iraqi immigrants were also charged in connection to the crime, which left a semiconscious woman nearly dead and bleeding internally.
Three of the four other men, all of whom, along with Ramadon, were brought to the United States after helping U.S. military personnel in Iraq, had been accused of lying to police about the rape. They ended up with misdemeanor convictions.
The other man, Sarmad Fadhi "Levi" Mohammed, 26, was convicted of placing his penis in the woman's mouth and is serving 16 years to life in prison.
The woman apparently went to the men's apartment in after they were involved in a fight with soldiers in the complex parking lot.
The four men told police that Ramadon had shoved his hand into the woman's rectum, which caused the internal bleeding. As Ramadon's trial began, the jury heard conflicting portrayals of his involvement in the crime.
Prosecutors continued to paint a picture of Ramadon's guilt throughout the trial, while defense attorney Kim Chalmers argued that the other four, who lived together, devised a story in a police-car ride that would pin the crime on Ramadon who was referred to as an "acquaintance."
Ramadon was tried as "Hendrix," a name he took after being brought to the United States with the help of a soldier with the same last name, but spelled "Hendrex." The soldier's experiences giving safe harbor to Ramadon are documented in the book "A Soldier's Promise."
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