UPDATED: Ramadan Abdullah found guilty in deputy's 2001 killing; Seven years after Telen's death, judge hands first-degree murder verdict. By Chris Collins / The Fresno Bee 09/20/08 00:14:31. For seven years, the two mothers waited. Sharon Telen waited for justice: When would the man who killed her son, Fresno County sheriff's deputy Erik Telen, be punished? Yasmeen Shuler waited for the inevitable: When would her son, Ramadan Abdullah, learn of his fate? (Ramadan Abdullah was a member of the radical group "Muslims of the Americas"). Ramadan Abdullah used a 12-gauge pump shotgun with a double-aught buckshot magnum round to the face that killed Fresno County sheriff's deputy Erik Telen
Their wait ended Friday when Judge Ralph Nunez found Abdullah, 27, guilty of first-degree murder with special circumstances for fatally shooting Telen, rendering a judgment in what has been the most drawn-out criminal case in Fresno County Superior Court in recent memory. The 2001 murder was the first time in almost a century that a Fresno County deputy had been killed in the line of duty. Nunez's judgment means Abdullah almost certainly spend the rest of his life in prison.
Telen's wife, Shelley Telen-Wiens, who has since remarried, and Sharon Telen broke their years-long public silence Friday to praise Erik Telen as a hero. "It's these guys and gals who put on that badge every day who are our soldiers on the front lines," Sharon Telen said outside the courtroom, her eyes filling with tears. "Erik happened to be that soldier that day." Shuler was the only member of Abdullah's family, which lives on the East Coast (Binghamton NY), to be in court Friday. She said she was thankful her son will not face the death penalty as prosecutors originally sought, but she was distraught that Abdullah did not appear to understand how his case had just resolved. When Nunez read his judgment, Abdullah stared at the judge and showed no emotion.
In July 2001, Abdullah ran away from his family in (Binghamton ) New York to join an Islamic camp in the Tulare County foothills (Muslims of the Americas). A month later, he ran off and broke into an unoccupied home near Dunlap in rural Fresno County. When Telen, 26, and his partner entered the house to investigate, Abdullah fired almost a full load of buckshot at Telen, killing the deputy instantly. In addition to finding Abdullah guilty of first-degree murder, Nunez on Friday also found him guilty of three counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer. Nunez likely will sentence Abdullah on Oct. 20 to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Ramadan Abdullah was born to Mahdi and Yasmeen Abdullah aka Mahdi and Yasmeen Shuler in Brooklyn, New York, in 1981. Ramadan Abdullah's father and paternal grandfather were both law enforcement officers. Ramadan Abdullah's father occasionally took Ramadan Abdullah hunting and taught him firearm safety. Ramadan Abdullah's father followed the Islamic religion. He explained that a sheikh is a learned individual whose responsibilities include being a spiritual leader. Islamberg is a New York community of people practicing the Muslim faith together where Ramadan Abdullah had been staying. Sheikh Jilani, a direct descendant of the Prophet, is the owner and spiritual leader of Islamberg. Ramadan Abdullah's father took appellant back to the Binghamton apartment in which appellant lived with his sister, Hamidah. On the way, appellant asked what was wrong with him and why he was feeling so weird. Sometime after returning from Islamberg the second time, Ramadan Abdullah got into an argument with his stepbrother over what to watch on television. Ramadan Abdullah's father sent them both to bed. When he awoke early the next morning, appellant was gone.
After several days, appellant telephoned his father and said he was in Fresno CA, having taken the bus. He said he was sick and had to get some help and to get his Quranic therapy, and that there was a Quranic doctor there. Ramadan Abdullah's father contacted Islamberg; the people there said they would call the people in California to get appellant at the bus station. Ramadan Abdullah's father subsequently received another call, this one from Uthman Aziz, saying that appellant was there and they would try the therapy there. They asked appellant's father to give it 30 days, and he agreed. He telephoned periodically to see how everything was going. Sometime after August 17, he learned appellant had been arrested.
RAMADAN ABDUR-RAUF ABDULLAH, now 33 years old, is in the California State Prison, Corcoran CA.
|Name||CDCR #||Age||Admission Date||Current Location||Map Link|
|ABDULLAH, RAMADAN ABDUR-RAUF||G37410||30||10/22/2008||Corcoran||Directions|
Ramadan Abdullah is originally from Binghamton, NY and was a member of the Muslims of the Americas (MOA) group in Hancock NY.