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Anne Arundel man pleads guilty to federal stalking charges

A 51-year-old Anne Arundel County restaurant owner pleaded guilty to federal stalking charges in front of a U.S. District Court judge on Dec. 12. He faces both deportation and five years in prison when he's sentenced in March.

What led the man to agree to plead guilty to stalking? The entire story came when he pleaded guilty.

The defendant married his wife in July 2015. During their brief marriage, he repeatedly threatened to kill her. By April 2018, his wife decided to divorce him.

Later that month, he doused himself in gasoline in front of her house. He threatened to set himself on fire unless she agreed to take him back. She then secured a protective order against him.

The man continued to reach out to his wife by phone and even followed her vehicle. He ended up being charged with five counts of violating a protective order in both Howard and Prince George's counties. His actions didn't stop there, though.

He called his wife's local and Pakistani relatives and religious leaders and started spreading rumors that she'd committed adultery. He threatened to kill her if she returned home. The wife then requested another protective order.

Soon thereafter, the husband hired someone to harass and kill his wife and then to burn down his restaurant so that he could receive $200,000 in insurance money. Once his wife was killed, he wanted terrorist propaganda planted on her.

Fortunately, the hitman the defendant hired for $5,000 contacted police. They began recording the conversations and were able to keep his wife safe. The restaurant owner was arrested.

When you're arrested on suspicion of committing a crime, one of the reasons that police read you your Miranda rights is so that you'll be reminded that anything incriminating that you say can adversely impact your case. This is why it's important that you don't make any statements to police until you've consulted with an attorney who is focused on protecting your rights.

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