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Cleveland man gets jail time for leaving threatening messages at Jewish houses of worship

August 22, 2018

Cleveland man gets jail time for leaving threatening messages at Jewish houses of worship

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio — A Cleveland man charged for leaving harassing voicemails at Jewish houses of worship in University Heights and Mayfield Heights earlier this year, was order to pay a fine and sentenced to jail Wednesday morning. 

Shaker Heights Municipal Court Judge K.J. Montgomery sentenced Abdulrahman Abukhalil to six months in jail and ordered him to pay a fine of $700, according to court records. 

Abukhalil was ordered to stay away from the Jewish worship centers, not to harass other people and seek mental and substance abuse treatment as needed once he is released from jail and starts his four years probation.

Abukhalil was charged with two counts of harassing communications in April after he left threatening voicemails in January, investigators have said.

The voicemails were left January 19 and January 20 at the Heights Jewish Center Synagogue in University Heights and Temple Israel Ner Tamid in Mayfield Heights, authorities have said.

Two messages were left at HJCS that were threatening, graphic and anti-semitic, officials have said. Temple Israel reported the voicemails to the Mayfield Heights Police Department who launched an investigation with University Heights police. 

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