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Howard County man gets 8 more years for second domestic violence assault conviction

Alhaji Samura, 34, of Jessup, was sentenced Thursday Jan. 16, 2019, to eight years in prison after he was found guilty of assault against his girlfriend for the second time, the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office announced.
Alhaji Samura, 34, of Jessup, was sentenced Thursday Jan. 16, 2019, to eight years in prison after he was found guilty of assault against his girlfriend for the second time, the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office announced. (Courtesy photo / HANDOUT)

A Jessup man was sentenced Jan. 16 to an additional eight years in prison after he was found guilty of assaulting his girlfriend for a second time, the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office announced.

Alhaji Samura, 34, was found guilty of second-degree assault on Aug. 1, stemming from an incident on Jan. 5, 2019, according to a news release from the State’s Attorney’s Office.

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On Jan. 5, 2019, Samura called his girlfriend and asked her to bring him his medication, the State’s Attorney’s Office said. When she arrived at his home in Jessup, the two argued and Samura grabbed her by the neck, pulled her inside the house and pushed her into the basement. He then slammed her on the ground and placed her in a choke hold, according to the release, causing her to lose consciousness. When she woke up, Samura was “pounding on her chest and crying,” the release states.

In a previous incident on Dec. 8, 2017, Samura’s girlfriend was 19 weeks pregnant when he pushed her onto a bed and straddled her, punching her in the face with a closed fist and applying pressure to her neck, the State’s Attorney’s Office said.

Samura pleaded guilty to second-degree assault on April 27, 2018, for that incident and was originally given a suspended sentence with supervised probation. His probation included a condition that he have “no adverse contact” with his girlfriend, the release states. After the 2019 incident, Samura admitted to violating the terms of his probation, the State’s Attorney’s Office said. His probation was then revoked, and he was sentenced to five years in prison.

The eight-year sentence handed down Jan. 16 is consecutive to the five years he received for violating his probation, so Samura will serve a total of 13 years in prison. When released, he will be placed on a five-year supervised probation and will not be permitted to make any contact with the woman.

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