A man who emigrated to Connecticut has been sentenced for stalking.
Alaa Hasan Qalb Allouz, 34, a citizen of Syria who emigrated to Connecticut with his wife and children, has been sentenced to 24 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release, after pleading guilty to stalking and violating a protective order.
In July 2016, Allouz, his wife and children emigrated from Syria and settled in New Haven, U.S. Attorney John Durham announced. In April 2017, Allouz’s wife filed a petition for dissolution of marriage, after incidents of domestic violence and Allouz’s state arrests for risk of injury, assault, breach of peace, and violation of a protective order offenses.
In July 2017, Allouz’s wife obtained a Protective Order stating Allouz was not to contact his wife. In August that year, after Allouz threatened his wife, his wife withdrew her petition for dissolution of marriage.
On Feb. 2 last year, Allouz was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on a federal arrest warrant and order of deportation. Allouz was transferred from a Connecticut state prison to a detention center in Massachusetts.
Durham said that, while he was detained in ICE custody, Allouz made multiple phone calls to his wife during which he repeatedly harassed, threatened and intimidated her. He also made calls to others, during which he threatened to harm his wife and her family members. Allouz also threatened his wife and her family members in letters and e-mails.
Allouz has been detained in state and then federal custody, since Jan.10, 2017. On February 5 this year, a federal grand jury in New Haven charged him with one count of stalking in violation of a protective order. He pleaded guilty to the offense on May 15.
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