Man who made threatening calls to area synagogues sentenced to jail time

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio-- A 23-year-old man , who pleaded no contest to charges of telephone harassment stemming from  threatening calls made to synagogues in January, was sentenced Wednesday.

The sentencing hearing for Abdulrahman Abulkhalil was held in Shaker Heights Municipal Court.

He was arrested in April on the two misdemeanor charges of telephone harassment.

His sentence on the first count of harassment was a $700 fine, 180 days in jail and a total of 4 years of probation - two active and two inactive.

His sentence on the second count was the same, with all but $500 being suspended.

Representatives from the city of University Heights as well as the synagogues spoke at the sentencing and asked for the maximum sentence, given the hateful nature and malicious language used in the calls.

The FOX 8 I-Team obtained copies of the voice messages the suspect is alleged to have made to the Heights Jewish Center.

The messages were hateful and anti-Semitic, police said. Police said they believe the same man also made a similar call to a synagogue in Mayfield Heights.

University Heights police worked with the Jewish Federation Security to track down the caller and make the arrest.

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