Accused attacker sentenced in beating death

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The final defendant in the brutal beating death of a man in Portland was sentenced Tuesday.

Abil Teshome pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Freddie Akoa and was sentenced to serve 12 and a half years in prison.

Teshome was one of three men who took part in beating and kicking Akoa inside his apartment after a day of heavy drinking back in Augusta of 2015. 

Akoa died from his injuries. He suffered 32 broken ribs, hemorrhaging of the brain and a lacerated liver.

Akoa's brother Francis told the court by coming to this country the three men were afforded a second chance, something they did not give his brother.

Afterwards, all he said to NEWS CENTER as he left the court was “Total injustice.”

Teshome apologized to Akoa's family. He said he took part in the beating at the urging of another man Mohamed Mohamed. Mohamed had previously pled guilty to murder and was sentenced to 30-years.

The other man involved, Osman Sheikh, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and was given a three-year sentence.

Teshome' attorney says his client's willingness to testify for the state led to the other guilty pleas in this case.

 

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