On September 12, 2001, twenty-six-year-old Ahmed Mohamed Abdullahi shot and killed Megan Lea Gustafson at her home in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Moments before the 28-year-old mother was killed, she turned away help from police officers. Despite Abdullahi’s lengthy violent criminal record, a court reduced his latest federal charge from earlier this year to a misdemeanor, allowing him to avoid prison time and giving him the opportunity Megan.
The victim would still be alive if Abdullahi, who reportedly came to the United States from Somalia as an asylum seeker, was held accountable for his past crimes.
Grand Forks Police responded to a 911 call reporting a suspicious person at a residence just after 1:30 a.m. The police were investigating whether the Abdullahi was part of an armed robbery that had taken place at a nearby gas station earlier that morning.
The officers knocked on the door of the home, and Megan opened the door. After they spoke with her, officers began walking away. Court documents state that shortly thereafter, they heard an argument coming from inside the home.
Court documents say officers saw the door open;
“Gustafson was standing in the doorway with her back toward the street and Abdullahi was facing her. Officers heard a single gunshot, heard Gustafson scream, and then saw her run into the lawn and fall to the ground.”
Abdullahi then walked out of the apartment holding a 9 mm Taurus handgun reported stolen from a vehicle in Grand Forks in September 2020.
Police say Gustafson was shot in the chin and neck area. Despite the attempts to save her life, the young mother later died at Altru Hospital. It is believed that Megan’s 9-year-old daughter Olivia was in the home during her murder.
The victim is survived by her beloved daughter, brother, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins. The family is heartbroken over the loss of their loved one, who they described in her obituary,
Megan enjoyed spending time with her friends, time at the lake, driving the golf cart, listening to music, and going for bike rides. Megan’s favorite moments were spent with her daughter, Olivia. Together, they enjoyed going to the park, playing games, reading, singing and dancing to music, and even cuddling while watching movies. Megan loved Olivia more than anything in the world! She always tried to make people feel better, usually with her sense of humor and quick-witted attitude. She was a kind and generous woman with a beautiful smile and infectious laugh; she will be missed by so many who love her dearly.
Megan Would Be Alive If Abdullahi Was Held Responsible for Prior Crimes
March 12, 2021 Crime
Abdullahi pleaded guilty to “terrorizing an adult victim” in July 2021. He was originally arrested on March 12, 2021.
The court initially charged Abdullahi with a Class C felony which carries a minimum sentence of 1 year and a maximum sentence of 5 years. However, District Court judge, Jason McCarthy, accepted Abdullahi’s plea agreement and reduced the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor. As a result, the court did not impose a prison sentence. Instead of prison, he received 2 year-supervised probation and was not allowed to possess a firearm or enter Rumors Sports Bar, Grill, and Casino in North Dakota.
If the courts properly sentenced Abdullahi for crimes he had committed months and years before the murder, Megan Gustafson would still be alive. Below is a list of Abdullahi’s crimes and the sentences:
May 16, 2016:
- Case Type: Felony
- Charge: Unauthorized Use Of A Vehicle
- Charge: Duty Upon Striking Unattended Vehicle
- Punishment – Confinement: Agency: Grand Forks County Correctional Center, Term: 1 Year
- Suspended: 300 Days
- Credit for Time Served: 65 Days
- Comment: Credit for time served from May 19, 2016, thru June 20, 2016, and from October 8, 2016, thru November 10, 2016.
- Judge Donald Hager
October 10, 2016:
- Case Type: Felony
- Charge: Criminal Trespass – Felony C
- Charge: Criminal Trespass – Misdemeanor B
- Punishment: Confinement: Agency: Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Term: 2 Years
- Supervised Probation: 2 Years
- Credit for Time Served: 110 Days
- Comment: With all but 110 days suspended. Credit for time served from October 8, 2016, thru January 26, 2017.
- (Defendant is to complete an evaluation through an approved domestic violence program and follow through with all recommendations made by the evaluator. Proof of enrollment in a court-approved program shall be filed within 60 days, and proof of completion shall be filed before the end of probation. If the defendant disagrees with treatment recommendations, then within 10 days after receiving the recommendations, the defendant may request a hearing before the court to assess the appropriateness of alternative treatment programs)
- Judge Lolita G Hartl Romanick
November 28, 2018, to July 29, 2019
- Revocation of probation: Ahmed Mohamed Abdullahi violated the conditions of his parole. He did not attend the court-mandated Domestic Violence Program, New Choices.
- The court issued several Return of Service Bench Warrants for Ahmed Abdullahi due to his probation violations.
March 15, 2021
- Case Type: Felony
- Charge: Terrorizing-Adult victim – Felony C
- Punishment: Grand Forks County Correctional Center 360 Days
- Suspended: 296 Days
- Probation: 2 Years
- Credit for Time Served: 64 Days
- Credit for 64 (sixty-four) days served on March 12, 2021, through May 14, 2021. The defendant is entitled to sentence reduction as authorized by state law.
- The defendant cannot enter Rumors Sports Bar, Grill, and Casino.
- Can not posses any firearms or dangerous weapons.
- Judge Jason McCarthy
Police charged Abdullahi with murder and extreme indifference to a child victim, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, and theft of property. If convicted of murder, he faces up to life in prison without parole. The unlawful possession of a firearm and theft carry maximum penalties of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Abdullahi will make his initial court appearance Monday afternoon. If convicted of murder, he faces up to life in prison without parole. He has also been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and theft, both of which carry maximum penalties of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
America’s open border policies and failed judicial system have resulted in another little girl growing up without her mother. So why isn’t the mainstream media reporting honestly on this tragic and avoidable murder?
Abdullahi was a career criminal who, despite his many crimes, was continuously given leniency and set free by North Dakota’s judges. So why are mainstream media outlets not reporting on Abdullahi’s list of crimes? Why did North Dakota not imprison Abdullahi after his latest felony conviction? If Megan Lea Gustafson was a Somali refugee and her killer was a white Trump supporter, would this case garnish national attention? Why doesn’t Megan Lea Gustafson’s life matter to the left-wing media?