Man Sentenced In Brutal Rape Case

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An Iraqi man convicted in a brutal rape case has been sentenced.

Sarmad Fadhil Mohammed was sentenced to 16 years to life. He won't be eligible for parole until he serves 12 years.

The victim made a statement to the courtroom by phone. She told the judge that Mohammed "had no regard for my life."

The victim says she has moved away from Colorado Springs because she no longer feels safe. She talked about her ongoing health issues and said she has been diagnosed with PTSD.

Mohammed also addressed the judge, apologizing to his family, friends and to the victim. He said nobody deserves the injuries that she sustained, but he maintains that he did not sexually assault her.
He told the courtroom, "I'm crying because I'm going (to jail) for something I didn't do."

Some family and friends and Mohammed spoke during the sentencing. They told the judge Mohammed is a loving person and very religious.

The incident happened in July 2012.

The victim says she was invited inside an apartment after breaking up a fight between a group of men. The victim said she was given some lemonade, and then passed out.

When the woman woke up, she had been sexually assaulted.

A lieutenant with the Colorado Springs Police Department called it one of the "most horrific sexual assaults I've seen in my career."

Mohammed and four other Iraqi men were arrested in connection to the assault.

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