Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Joseph Kreamer accepted the change in pleas from Yusra Farhan; her husband, Mohammed Altameemi; and the couple’s daughter Tabarak Altameemi.
Mohammed Altameemi, 46, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct; Yusra Farhan, 51, pleaded guilty to unlawful imprisonment and domestic violence; and Tabarak Altameemi, 18, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault. Other charges were dropped stemming from the Feb. 6 incident at their home near 35th and Myrtle avenues in Phoenix.
The judge set a sentencing date of Nov. 6.
As part of the deal, the parents could receive supervised probation of up to three years and possibly a year in jail. The daughter could see a jail term of six months with probation, the judge said.
The three must agree to counseling and restitution. They also would be banned from all contact with the victim, who is now 20 years old, unless a probation officer allows it.
Kreamer warned the three that their guilty pleas could prevent them from becoming citizens or result in deportation.
The family are refugees from Iraq and have been in the U.S. for four years. They are eligible to apply for citizenship after five years of U.S. residency.
The victim sat on the other side of the aisle from her family.
During the 15 minutes that the prosecutor and defense attorneys met in chambers with the judge before the start of the hearing, the young woman loudly sobbed, saying, “I want my mommy, I want my mom.”
Farhan, who was wearing a head scarf, teared up as she looked over at her daughter.
Eva Crispo, who works with refugees, told The Republic that the young woman is living in an apartment with a friend and is traumatized by the separation from her family. Crispo accompanied the victim to court and attempted to comfort her.
“She has no means of support,” Crispo said. “She doesn’t know where she belongs. She is scared and doesn’t know how to function without a family.”
As the judge reviewed the plea agreements with the parents and younger sister, the young woman got up and demanded to speak to Kreamer.
The judge advised her to speak to the probation officer, who will interview the parents, the younger sibling, their attorneys and the young woman and make a recommendation for sentencing.
“I don’t want to talk to anyone,” the young woman said. “I just want to talk to you for two minutes.”
Kreamer informed her it was not appropriate and that if she chose not to speak with the probation officer, she would be able to talk to Kreamer on the day of the sentencing.
She then began to shout in Arabic. The judge refused to let the interpreter translate.