URBANA — A former Urbana man who fled from Champaign County before standing trial for rape and kidnapping in 2011 has had an extra five years in prison tacked on to the 32 years he's already serving.
Baha'eddin Al Momani, 36, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Judge Tom Difanis to violating the conditions of his bail by fleeing the country while out on bond in 2010 for aggravated criminal sexual assault and kidnapping.
The charges stemmed from a Nov. 1, 2009, attack on a University of Illinois student who was too drunk to be able to consent to sex. At Al Momani's January 2011 trial, which went forward without him, the woman testified she recalled having about four drinks at Joe's Brewery, 706 S. Fifth St., C, on Oct. 31, 2009. The next thing she remembered was waking inside a van hours later with Al Momani on top of her. The van was inside a locked storage unit at the Glover Street Warehouses, where Al Momani rented a unit.
She told him to stop what he was doing; he did and then took her home. She later went to the hospital where evidence recovered from her matched Al Momani's DNA.
After being convicted in his absence, Difanis sentenced Al Momani to 25 years in prison for the rape and seven for the kidnapping.
In March of this year, he was found in Mexico and returned to the United States to begin serving his prison sentence.
A native of Jordan, it's expected that Al Momani will be deported to that country once he completes his Illinois prison sentences.