Missoula sexual assault suspect enters Alford plea

Zoe Buchli

A man from Afghanistan accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Missoula last fall conceded there was enough evidence to charge him with misdemeanor sexual assault, Missoula County court filings show.

Zabihullah Mohmand, 19, initially faced a felony sexual intercourse without consent charge. As part of the plea agreement filed on July 15, the charge was amended down to misdemeanor sexual assault.

Mohmand entered an Alford plea also on July 15. Under an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to gain a conviction.

Court documents allege Mohmand sexually assaulted a UM student at a hotel in downtown Missoula last October.

A Missoula judge sentenced Mohmand to 100 days in custody at the Missoula jail. He received 170 days credit for time served and was ordered to be released. A misdemeanor sexual assault conviction carries a maximum six-month sentence.

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Mohmand is a humanitarian parolee from Afghanistan — he is part of the federal Afghan Placement and Assistance Program and was one of the handful of Afghan evacuees in Montana in early November.

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