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In some ways, Jimmy Aldaoud's story is similar to many other immigrants who have been deported. He faced legal troubles, including charges for breaking into a neighbor's garage and stealing power tools. However, Edward Bajoka, a lawyer who has been assisting the Aldaoud family, says that these issues were related to his mental illness.
"He generally led a pretty unstable lifestyle, I think it was all due to his mental health issues," says Bajoka.
I don't know about his earlier crimes, which may have started around the time he became mentally ill, but in recent years he was a homeless, paranoid schizophrenic who confessed to stealing three cordless drills:
Aldaoud was previously convicted for disorderly conduct and served 17 months in prison for home invasion, Politico reported.
The Detroit News reported in 2015 that Aldaoud had his conviction thrown out after acting as his own lawyer.
An appeals court ruled that the judge did not explain the risks of acting as his own attorney to Aldaoud, the report said. Before his trial, Aldaoud said he spent 16 months "day and night" studying law books.
Aldaoud admitted to stealing power tools from a stranger's garage but believed it was a misdemeanor, not a felony.
According to CBS Detroit, Aldaoud, whom police described as homeless, was stopped by police after stealing three cordless drills.