BRISTOL - A Massachusetts man accused of violating a protective order three times in Bristol in January and later leaving the country for about five months is considering a possible plea deal.
Mussa Mwanilelo, 27, appeared Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court, where officials said he has been offered a deal that would include serving one year in prison and a period of probation. He was granted a continuance to think about the deal until Dec. 11, when he must “accept or reject” it, said Jeffrey Lee, the prosecutor.
Mwanilelo, who is being held on $75,000 bond, was taken into custody at Logan International Airport upon arriving in the country in June. He was charged with three counts each of violation of a protective order and first-degree criminal trespassing.
According to the arrest warrant, Mwanilelo has been issued a protective order on behalf of a Bristol woman in connection with a previous arrest. In that case, he had been harassing his wife while she was in the process of divorcing him, after she filed a restraining order against him.
During that arrest in August 2014, Mwanilelo, while sitting in a motor vehicle, grabbed a police officer’s arm and dragged him about 20 feet as he drove away, court paper said. The officer, who did not report any serious injuries, had approached the vehicle to interview Mwanilelo about the harassment complaint outside his wife’s home.
Mwanilelo was later convicted of two counts of first-degree criminal trespassing and ordered not to contact the victim, who later completed the divorce process.
On Jan. 1, Mwanilelo’s ex-wife called police and said he had violated the protective order. The woman told police she found ripped up money, paper and burnt sage - which she said is used to rid a dwelling evil spirits - on her doorstep. She then looked toward the parking lot and saw Mwanilelo inside a vehicle, the warrant said. He drove away after the woman’s roommate came to the doorway.
Later in the day, the victim’s roommate called police again and said Mwanilelo, dressed in all black, had knocked on her door at about 1 p.m., according to the warrant. He was calling out for his ex-wife, saying he had come to see her, the warrant said.
Police also found out that Mwanilelo had allegedly come to the apartment the night before, when only the roommate was home, the warrant said. After looking through the door’s peep hole and thinking he may have been an employee working for her cable provider, the woman answered the door to find that it was Mwanilelo, according to the warrant. She said he asked her if she wanted money before she slammed the door.
After the alleged violations, Mwanilelo left the country and did not return until June.
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