Domestic abuser sentenced to 15 years

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WMAR) - An Upper Marlboro man was sentenced to 15 years in prison on charges of first degree assault, reckless endangerment, and false imprisonment of his girlfriend, said the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's office.

Ali Hassan, 30, held his girlfriend captive, demeaning and torturing her, said the county State's Attorney Wes Adams. The incident that led to charges began late on March 31, 2017, proceeding as a night of intense abuse that finally ended with a dramatic escape.

According to police, Hassan grew enraged after believing his girlfriend had been cheating on him. He began hitting her with an open hand and his fist. When she fell to the ground, he continued kicking her in the ribs, eventually breaking of one rib and collapsing her left lung. Hassan then grabbed her by the hair and dragged her to the bathroom, where he poured shampoo and conditioner on her and cut off nearly all of her hair. 

Hassan then strangled the victim multiple times to the brink of unconsciousness, resulting in her throwing up blood and developing welts and finger outlines on her neck. Each time she tried to scream, Hassan's beatings intensified. 

When he finally fell asleep around 7:00 the next morning, the victim fled the home, escaping to a neighboring apartment building. Police responded, but the victim was initially hesitant to provide thorough information for fear Hassan would find her. She was treated by paramedics and taken to Prince George's County Hospital Level III Trauma Center and received treatment for a concussion, a collapsed lung, a laceration to her right calf, a fractured right orbital bone, a fractured left rib, as well as general bruising. 

Hassan was found guilty for first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and false imprisonment by Judge Donna M. Schaeffer on January 5, 2018.

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