An Iraqi man named as an accessory in the brutal rape of a Colorado Springs woman accepted a plea deal Monday that will require him to testify against his co-defendants at trials scheduled to begin this week.
Ali Mohammed Hasan Al Juboori, 24, will be among the prosecution witness when trial begins Tuesday for four co-defendants, including the man accused of inflicting injuries that left a woman in her 50s temporarily unable to walk.
The sexual assault occurred July 22 in a west-side apartment complex where at least two of the defendants were living. The victim said she blacked out after drinking what she thought was lemonade and awoke hours later with severe injuries.
Initially charged with accessory to rape, Al Juboori pleaded guilty to false reporting, a misdemeanor.
Of the five suspects, Al Juboori is the only one not accused of being present when the woman was raped. Prosecutors alleged he helped clean up blood afterward and lied to protect his friends.
His attorney, Jeff Barker, previously told The Gazette that Al Juboori believed he was covering up for a fist fight, and didn’t know a woman had been assaulted.
The woman told Colorado Springs police she met the men on the night of the assault when a fistfight broke out in their apartment complex parking lot.
After blacking out in an apartment leased by one of the defendants, she woke up more than eight hours later in her own apartment in the same complex, covered in blood and unable to walk. Prosecutors alleged she was carried or led home by 20-year-old Jasim Mohammed Hasin Ramadon, who is accused of causing her injuries.
Ramadon, who grew up in Iraq, was brought to the United States in 2004 with the help of Fort Carson soldiers for whom he served as an informant, offering up information on insurgents, including his former Iraqi Army officer father.
Ramadon, who is accused of violating the woman with his entire hand, is among four people scheduled to begin trial Tuesday. The story of his coming to the U.S. is detailed in “A Soldier’s Promise,” a self-published memoir by Army 1st Sgt. Daniel Hendrex, formerly of Fort Carson.
At least one other defendant found passage to the U.S. after assisting troops in the Iraq War.
Yasir Jabbar Jasim, 21, began mopping floors at military installations in Iraq at age 11 and eventually served as a field translator for U.S. troops, said his attorney, Philip Dubois of Colorado Springs.
Jasim was rocked by several explosions and also shot in the shoulder in connection with his service, Dubois said.
His mother was slain during the war and another relative was kidnapped and tortured until his family paid a ransom for the relative’s release, Dubois said.
“He’s seen more than most of us do,” said Dubois, who denies his client did anything to assist in the assault.
Prosecutors say Jasim was present during the assault but did not intervene. He is charged as an accessory to rape.
Details of the other men’s backgrounds weren’t available. They are Sarmad Fadhi Mohammed, 26, who faces rape charges on allegations he exposed himself to the woman; and Mustafa Sataar Al Feraji, 22, also charged as an accessory.
If the trials proceed as expected, they will be tried one at a time in front of different juries.
When the first man’s jury recesses for deliberations, a new jury will be called for the next trial in line. The order of trials will be finalized Tuesday.