Skip to comments.Iraqi immigrant accused of shooting Colorado Springs cop remained in U.S. despite series of crimes
Posted on 08/05/2018 7:53:39 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
A man accused of shooting a Colorado Springs police officer in the head in a shootout early Thursday while free on bond was known to immigration enforcement officials, yet evaded deportation despite a string of crimes, court records show.
Why Karrar Al Khammasi wasnt deported was among the questions left unanswered Friday as his bond was revoked. Cem Duzel, the officer he is accused of shooting, remained hospitalized in critical condition.
The 31-year-old Iraqi immigrant appears to have lived in the Pikes Peak region for at least five years, and he had at least nine contacts with police in that time, according to court records.
On the day he pleaded guilty in 2014 to felony trespassing, Al Khammasi was on an immigration hold, court records show.
Whether his guilty plea should have triggered deportation depends on a variety of factors. But his conviction raised the question as to why he was allowed to remain in the United States, said David Simmons, a Denver immigration attorney of more than 30 years and a former adjunct professor at the University of Denver.
Some forms of trespass are considered crimes of moral turpitude which can lead to deportation and others are not, Simmons said.
The consequences of such a conviction also could vary, depending on how long he had been in the country, or the nature of the circumstances that brought him here. Some Iraqis living in the U.S. came as refugees who assisted the government or who fled persecution. But those refugees sometimes evade deportation because of chaos in their home country, or threats to their lives upon their return.
It is unknown whether those things factored into Al Khammasis immigration here, and the type of visa Al Khammasi used to enter the United States wasnt clear.
El Paso County sheriffs spokesman Jacqueline Kirby said Al Khammasi was an Iraqi citizen who was born in Iraq. She had previously said Al Khammasi was a refugee, but she later said she was mistaken, and that she wasnt certain of his immigration status.
The last five years of Al Khammasis life have been marked by several run-ins with the law.
He picked up his first charge for drunken driving in 2013.
A month later, he was charged with criminal extortion in a case that police say was tied to a dispute over a business debt of $25,000, according to court papers. Investigators suspect Al Khammasi threatened a man and his family, and also set a car on fire.
The man told police that Al Khammasis behavior began to change when he came into money and was drinking and possibly using drugs, according to an arrest affidavit.
Al Khammasi pleaded guilty to a lesser felony, first-degree trespassing of a dwelling, and was sentenced to two years of probation, court records show.
It sounds like he had a criminal defense lawyer who was aware of possible immigration consequences and negotiated that plea, Simmons said. Its also possible that hes a permanent resident and as permanent resident long enough that a single conviction for crime of moral turpitude wouldnt trigger (deportation).
An official clerks account of court proceedings on Feb. 19, 2014, says (defendant) has immigration hold, a court document obtained by The Gazette shows.
Kirby, the sheriffs spokeswoman, said she could not find mention of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials requesting that he be held.
After Al Khammasi violated the terms of probation, a judge sentenced him to a year and a half in prison. He received credit for time served for almost half of it, court records show.
After Al Khammasi got out, he didnt stay out of trouble. He picked up a traffic ticket and was arrested in June 2017 for allegedly punching a person in the face approximately three times, court documents show.
In January, Al Khammasi wound up back in handcuffs with an arrest on a weapons charge, possession by a previous offender. A tipster phoned police that his vehicle was outside a North Nevada Avenue motel, and officers later found a stolen .38 Special revolver in his room.
In February, he entered a guilty plea on the 2017 assault case and put up $1,000 cash bail on the weapons case.
Al Khammasi was free to go. Until early Thursday.
Al Khammasi remains hospitalized, causing him to miss a court appearance Friday, his attorney, public defender Jennifer Chu, said at the hearing related to the stolen revolver.
Fourth Judicial District Chief Judge William Bain revoked his bail, citing the new allegations, and appointed the Colorado Public Defenders Office to represent him. He was ordered to return to court Aug. 8 on the weapons charge.
If you can’t or are unwilling protect your borders, your culture rots.
ALL illegal aliens need to be removed, whether they have been convicted of other crimes here or not.
Illegal immigrants, second only to democrats as the most protected criminals in the country.
Beside worrying about the threat to the life of a criminal alien if returned to his/her own country, wouldn’t it be sort of a nice gesture the someone in government worry just a little bit about the THREAT to the lives of AMERICAN citizens?
ALDM?? (American Lives Don’t Matter?) WTH?
And rotting it will do and I dont count on this generation or any after to stop the rot.
242 years was a good run
Mug shot would say it All.
A good run.
Amen to that. Deport ‘em ALL, build the wall, end auto birthright citizenship, cut off the welfare freebies, and heavily fine companies that hire them. Doing the latter two will result in millions of self-deportations, making the job of forced deportation a whole lot easier.
Invasion of a country without permission is a criminal act, and we have gotten so confused we cannot even say that. No hope for us, unless we quickly change.
Yup ,,,says it All.
More importantly, if you do not guard your borders, your country will disappear.
A good run But
We stay in the Fight as
Best we can encourage those
Who will listen and
Put a Boot in the Ass
Of anyone that gets
In The Way!
Colorado Ping ( Let me know if you wish to be added or removed from the list.)
From the article, there was more than enough reason to deport this guy years ago.
Diversity is killing us.
Are we just supposed to imagine what happened to put this creep in the hospital and why the policeman was shot?
A little short on details/specifics of the actual event, isn’t it?
Invite barbarians and......surprise! You get barbarian behavior!
The truth is before- and with or without declaring sanctuary status many cities have had a practice of not cooperating with immigration officials. Many times there is some "mix up" and oh sorry they were released. What I don't understand is why many feel the need to treat them differently when it comes to criminal behavior. Why should someone get a pass just because of their immigration status?
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