Annapolis, MD -- Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Ali Hassan, 30, of Upper Marlboro, was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Donna M. Schaeffer to 15 years in prison for the first degree assault, reckless endangerment, and false imprisonment of his girlfriend.
"Mr. Hassan held the victim captive while he demeaned and tortured her for hours on end," said Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams. "Like many instances of domestic violence, this vicious attack was not an isolated incident, but the culmination of years of physical and psychological abuse. And yet, Mr. Hassan consistently refuses to accept culpability for the shocking brutality of his conduct and the resulting trauma he has forced on others."
On March 31, 2017, at approximately 11:00 PM, Ali Hassan became enraged at his girlfriend of four years, who he believed to be cheating on him. Over the course of the following eight hours, Hassan held the victim captive while he brutally assaulted her.
Hassan hit the victim multiple times with an open hand and closed fist. When she fell to the ground, he began kicking her in the ribs, breaking one rib and collapsing her left lung.
As she lay face down on the floor, Hassan grabbed the victim by her hair and dragged her into the bathroom, where he poured shampoo, conditioner, and various other household liquids onto her body before cutting off her hair. By the end of the attack, there was little hair left on her head, as it had been cut and shaved.
The assault continued as Hassan strangled the victim to the brink of unconsciousness at least four times, causing the victim to throw up blood and leaving various bruises, welts, and finger outlines on her neck.
The victim indicated that everytime she attempted to scream for help, the beating intensified. Hassan fell asleep at approximately 7:00 am and the victim escaped to the neighboring apartment building. When police responded, the victim was initially very hesitant to answer any questions or go outside to the paramedic unit for fear that Hassan would find her.
Based on the apparent severity of her injuries, paramedics transported the victim to Prince George's County Hospital Level II Trauma Center. The victim suffered a concussion, collapsed lung, a laceration to her right calf, a fractured right orbital bone, a fractured left rib, as well as general bruising about her body.
On January 5, 2018, Hassan was found guilty of first degree assault, reckless endangerment, and false imprisonment by Judge Schaeffer.
Maryland sentencing guidelines recommended a sentence between 5 to 10 years of active incarceration. Hassan was sentenced to 24 years suspend all but 15 years of active incarceration, and 5 years of supervised probation upon release.
Judge Donna M. Schaeffer presided over the case. Assistant State's Attorney Mary Setzer prosecuted the case on behalf of the citizens of Anne Arundel County.