Man Wanted Since 2016 on Weapons Conviction Finally Arrested, Sentenced

Abdullahi Ahmed Ali has apparently been flouting the law for well over a decade but will finally be spending at least the next three years behind bars.

Abdullahi Ahmed Ali (Photo: MN Dept. of Corrections)

Abdullahi Ahmed Ali has apparently been flouting the law for well over a decade but will finally be spending at least the next three years behind bars.

Ali, now 28, was convicted of a felony in March 2016 following a jury trial for being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm, a case that was originally charged in April 2014. Despite Ali’s lengthy history of prior arrests and convictions, he was released from custody following the verdict to await sentencing six weeks later, according to court records.

Ali failed to appear at his May 2016 sentencing hearing for the gun crime, at which time another hearing was also scheduled on the same day for a new felony narcotics charge that Ali had incurred while awaiting sentencing on the gun crime. Warrants were issued for his arrest, according to records.

Records indicate that Ali has a lengthy arrest history stretching back to at least 2008 at the age of 17 when he was arrested in Mankato for an assault involving a knife. A series of arrests appear to have followed in Hennepin County between 2009 and 2014 for aggravated robbery, burglary, weapons, theft by swindle, criminal sexual conduct, possession of burglary tools, receiving stolen property, theft and damage to property, another burglary, several felony warrants and the 2014 weapons case, as well as an arrest in Minneapolis for a felony burglary that occurred in Dallas County, Texas. Ali also has numerous arrests and convictions in Minnesota for driving after suspension or revocation.

In May 2014, Ali had been sentenced on two separate convictions for gross misdemeanor fleeing police and felony burglary. He was sentenced together on both cases to time already served and released on supervised probation despite being charged a month earlier on the April 2014 prohibited person case, according to court records.

Ali was arrested by deputies with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and booked into Hennepin County Jail on May 24, 2019, over three full years since his failure to appear at sentencing on the felony prohibited person conviction. The booking record showed Ali was being held on twenty-one warrants including three felony warrants.

Ali, who listed an address on the 4400 block of 2nd Avenue South at the time of booking, was sentenced on June 10 in Hennepin County on three felony cases. Ali plead guilty on that date to the 2016 felony narcotics charge and was sentenced to 15 months. Ali’s probation for the 2014 felony burglary conviction was revoked and he was sentenced to 18 months in that case, and he was sentenced to 60 months on the 2016 felony prohibited person conviction. All three sentences are to be served concurrently.

Ali is expected to serve about 36 months under Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines, which specify a minimum term of imprisonment equal to two-thirds of the executed sentence, and the remainder of the term to be served on supervised release. With credit for time already served, Ali’s anticipated date of release is June 2022.


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