Tuesday, June 4, 2013

New York : Eritrean refugee gets 18 years in prison

A refugee and one-time cycling champion from Eritrea was sentenced on Monday to 18 years in prison for stabbing his estranged wife last year at a Wegmans store on Amherst Street.
 
Awet Gebreyesus, 33, of Busti Avenue, also faces deportation to Eritrea, a country in the Horn of Africa, following his prison term. But his lawyer argued against sending him back to his homeland.
“We do believe he will be subject to torture and perhaps execution,” said defense lawyer Andrew C. LoTempio.
Awet Gebreyesus
Gebreyesus had pleaded guilty to attempted murder. He admitted he stabbed his wife, Luam Abraha, in the head and upper body on Jan. 14, 2012 in the entryway of the grocery store, where the couple was making a custody exchange of their young son.
Prosecutors have said the wound to her skull severed an artery, putting the victim in the hospital for several weeks.
Gebreyesus on Monday appeared before State Supreme Court Justice Deborah A. Haendiges and spoke through a court interpreter. He said he was ready to accept the consequences of his crime but that he did not mean to intentionally harm his wife.
The judge ordered Gebreyesus to stay away from his wife and son for 25 years.
“You are to stay away from both of them,” Haendiges said. “Even if they … reach out to you, you should have no contact. Do you understand?”
Before sentencing, LoTempio asked the judge to consider giving Gebreyesus 15 years in prison instead of 18. LoTempio sought to clarify the presentencing report that indicated Gebreyesus fled Eritrea to avoid military service.
Gebreyesus, LoTempio said, had been the 500-meter cycling champion for Eritrea.
“He was somewhat of a noted celebrity,” LoTempio said in court.
The Eritrean government thought that those running the country’s Olympic cycling team were involved in a planned coup and questioned Gebreyesus. When Gebreyesus refused to cooperate, he fled the country and ended up in a refugee camp in Ethiopia, LoTempio said.
Gebreyesus’ behavior, however, had become a problem after he suffered a traumatic brain injury from a cycling fall, LoTempio said.
His symptoms were undiagnosed and continued after he resettled in the United States, his attorney said.
“When not medicated, he was completely delusional and thought somebody was trying to poison him,” LoTempio said. “He finally seems to be on the right medication, and he seems to be a kindhearted, soft-spoken man when medicated.”
“We are not using anything I say as an excuse,” LoTempio told the judge, “But there is an explanation to how this developed.”
Rachel Newton, chief of the Erie County District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Bureau, downplayed what she called the “undocumented” and “unconfirmed” brain injury and said Gebreyesus displayed typical domestic-violence behavior.

37 comments:

  1. Eritrean cyclistJune 5, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    i don't think he was cycling champion in eritrea , his name is strang for Awet cycling champion in eritrea ummmmmm.... i don't think so , do you think sooooo ?

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    1. He was cycling matherfacker he was better known tila and ypfdj kab jemaica dika Nigeria adeka shermita welidatka hji nezom jeganu eritreawyan tifelaliyom aleka

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  2. bah... bah... bah ....... USA & kedami Weyane 's propoganda kikikiki HE WASN'T CYCLING CHAMAPIONE EVEN HE IS NOT ERITREAN , THI DUDE IS AGAME KEDAMI AMERICAWIAN ,long live eritrean people and goverment NIKID TIRAH .

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    1. ata wedi sharmuta kdmi mzrabka 2 gzye hasibka tezareb awet(Tila) ane tsbuk gere yfelto eye tsruy Eritrawi wedi senafe eyu ab wddr bshkleta wn hade kabtom n Eritrea sma balem dereja kefltuwa ykelu eyom elna namnelom zneberna eyu ab kddm bshkleta dma Awet tila(Tila sagau eyu) tebahilu ytswae neru.bzaeba tefeletnetu entekoynu htoka ka aykonen do nay Awet Tila teflatnet nay hzbi Eritrea dmtsn dlyetn keman aytfelton eka malet ab Eritrea kndey tesfa zelewom nhagerna Eritrea ketsewuwa zkelu menaesey botn edln senom keytefeletun hagerom keyetseweun bmengsti nab sdet kemzkedu tegeru eyu mengstna mhuratn felatatn seb moyan keletn nktefu zhazom nab esur betn ktletn netom khzom zeykeale ka selam kelu nabsdet abariruwom eyu b kemzn wedi kemzn dma hzbna nenhadhdu tefalitu tefakiru knebrn fltek kkeyayern raey zelewom dma ketebabe aykealen mkniatu ab Eritrea afani chokani dmtsi hzbi zregts mtemman hzbi ztsele srat sle zelo hzbna nenhadhdu moyaun keletun fltetun klawawet aykealen aytefekedelun ka ezi zeykehad haki eyu. awet Tila zhzn agetami eyu

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    2. aGEBAB GERKA TE TZAREB MIHASHEKA MESLEN AYTHAFRIN DIMA "" ane tsbuk gere yfelto eye tsruy Eritrawi wedi senafe eyu "" ELIKA TIZAREB ? TELL ME WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SENAFE AND AGAME ,

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    3. Really YPFDY, ''TELL ME WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SENAFE AND AGAME''?????? You stupid fuck!!
      I can tell you the difference. the difference is that your Mamma is Agame and Senafe is a town in Eritrea.
      And Next time you try to say something about any part of Eritrea read the fucking map first pussy.

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    4. YPFDY,, I don`t wonder if you said Awet( Tila) is not Eritrean,,becouse you said for the whole people of Senafe more than 100,000 are agame or the same to agame. so you could be either mentally deteriorated or origin problem. So be shame, you are useless,,and you will be throw out with time from the holy Eritrea.

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    5. Dont worry my Eritrean brother he doesnt know where he comes from all ypfdj if u know their mums they get pregnant from jemaica and Nigeria and they to ambasider and suporter this child is urs Whats what we know about them dont even care what he is asking he is stupit as negga he is of she is not habesh becouse all habesha are smart now

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    6. Yow whoever you named your self YPDj, I think you are crosing the line . For what you just said you I wouldn't mind to kill you infront of your mother . Because I am from senafe and Adikeih we we paid Heros for our Country. If you are a real men use your real Name .

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    7. Yow whoever you named your self YPDj, I think you are crosing the line . For what you just said you I wouldn't mind to kill you infront of your mother . Because I am from senafe and Adikeih we we paid Heros for our Country. If you are a real men use your real Name .

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  3. if u don't think shut ur mouse. he was cyclist anbesa akeb anbesa golgol

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  4. kemey ke ? ezi seb ezi abi eritrea simu tesemieu ayfeltnin eu men eu anbesa Akeb Anbesa gogol eluka , minalbat nay mountain abi gezawit ywedader neru ykewin kikiikiki.

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    1. Ab zeba debub yiwadader neru minlbat niska kela keytikewin nisu 2002 eyu yiwadader neru kedamay ka yiwez neru any way what ever u say i feel sory for his son and his wife sheytan agagiyowo neru

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  5. Atum, nezi si bishkleta champion, eritrawi ilkum tibe assu, kabziknone yukhun, zikhone yigber, hade ketali iyu, ni haftina eritrawit karra itulla si, shimu ti stwu u, dehan dikhum? hiwet deki nistiyo kisab kindei diyu hasiru? kurub hiferu

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  6. Hadehade sebat anfetom zisahatu yimeslu, nmitkas: Sen'afe Agame eya yiblu alewu. ezidima kab haki zirahake eyu. Agame hade awraja nay Tigray kikewun kelo Sen'afe dima ab akaleguzay zirkeb hade kab ketematat eritrea eyu. Sen'afen Agamen fililiy yebilun zibahal zereba hasabat HGDEFAWEAN eyu bahalay eye mikniatu kemzigerom entezeyfelaliomun edme siltanom kenawihu ayki'Elun eyom emmo haye habirna nezi rikus hasabat HGDEF keysa'Erere kelo nbonkiso. Fthi nhizbi eritrea wudket ntelemti HGDEFAWEAN!!

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  7. YPFDJ, ''TELL ME WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SENAFE AND AGAME''?
    I can tell you the difference. the difference is that your Mamma is Agame and Senafe is a town in Eritea.
    And Next time you try to say something about any part of Eritrea get a fucking map of Eritrea.
    I bet you are a pussy hiding behind a keyboard and sending your messages of hate.

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  8. What is wrong with you people? This is humans we are talking about, it is sad and tragic. Yet you are too busy talking about weather that guy is Eritrean. I wonder how the poor woman and the terrified child that have to live with this must be feeling like right now. I wonder if they will ever find peace again. God be with you, Hmak terekibu bezi yehlefelkum ahwatey.

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  9. How sad fighting over Eritrean or Ethiopian. The truth is that once you get out of your country to the surrounding countries you are ''Habesha''. Once you get out of Africa you are ''Black man''. Nobody really gives a fuck where you are exactly from. one of the reasons they get racist towards anyone who have that beautiful brown skin color. There is a bigger fight going on out there brothers don't obsess over this....

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  10. ኣቱም ኣሕዋት እምበር ዶ ኣእምሮ ኣለኩም ኢዩ፤
    ዓገብ ረኪቡ ክንዲ ምባል፤ ስለ ትውሊዱ ትፈልትዎ
    እንታይ ኣለኩም ኣብ ድሕሪ መጋረጃ ኮንካ ምዝራብ ዋጋ
    ዘለዎ ኣይኮነን፤ እሞ ዓወት ዮሃንስ ኩሉ መተዓቢቱን ኣሕዋቱን
    ዝፈልጥዎ ጽሩይ ኤርትራዊ ኢዩ፤

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    1. Btami yigermeka eyu entay gzie ena bezihnayo

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  11. Sorry for Awet . Zehzin agatami ..

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  12. Sorry to u,yr wife and yr child Awet.
    Guys if u had a trace knowledge of Awet(Tila) u might be wondered about what he had done and what has faced him.It's all sad. He was a very cool person with an honorable behavior. from his past behavior no one can expect he would try to merder his wife even u can't expect him to fight with other fellow person. He was also an excellent cuclist who have named the champion of the Debub region (Zoba Debub) for more than 4 consecutive years.I know Awet in Senafe.We were also refugees in shimelba,it was in shimelba that I have seen some strange behaviors like drinking alchol,being impatient.these kind of things happens when people lunguish in camps for long time.But as some people say Awet may have injury in his head after a cycling accident. I see some of u who are commenting saying unworthy,inethical words.don't u fear God.I sometimes wonder is this what Eritreans should do,no we know love,peace,good will please try to judge our selves and learn to make better decisions.

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    1. I like it what you saying

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    2. Sorry i don't mean Senafe is not in eritrea or Senafeians are like Agame , it was a mistake i read SEnAFE as Shire (a town in northern ethiopia) sorry for all eritreans espasally for people from our blessed land SENAFE .

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  13. Sorry i don't mean Senafe is not in eritrea or Senafeians are like Agame , it was a mistake i read SEnAFE as Shire (a town in northern ethiopia) sorry for all eritreans espasally for people from our blessed land SENAFE .

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  14. full of ignorant People With dirty Language, don't Call yourselves Eritrean or Tigrian for that matter- it is insulting.

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  15. guys we don't have to say he is from here or here the only thing is we suppose to say is that he is a murderer no body gives him a permission to take life or give life that is all Gods so he is murderer and for murderer their is no excuse.guys please for the action we take we have to suffer the consequences

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  16. May God be with him.everyone can make mistake.

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  17. amlak misaka ykun awet ante neta sebeytu
    hmak wiela kisab kindizi ketefrdo zhakenet!!!!!

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  18. amlak msaka ykun awita,

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  19. ente sebeytis kalie akmiyeblan,

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  20. amlack edu yembrelka awet.

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  21. My Biggest surprise!!Awet WoW.God be with you and the women!"I am so surprised how life can turn upside down!! A cool guy who used to be Ambitous,hard working and very classy!!

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  22. Who the fuck is saying Awet is not Eritrean? I am from Keren. But I was in Seneafe from 1994 to 1997. And Awet was one of the best cycling champions of Seneafe. I was in second division . Fekadu and Awet were the best riders. He was nice and classic guy . A hardworking person. I am very sad to see this . But for those who are saying he is not Eritrean , if the son of Emba Metera and Seneafe and all Shimezana is not Eritrean then who the fuck is Eritrean? Bless Awet and his family . And I wish a quick recovery to his wife .

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