NORMAN — Former University of Oklahoma student Naasik Ferdous was sentenced to 10 years Thursday in Cleveland County District Court for stalking and threatening the student he believed had gotten him expelled.
Ferdous, 22, is sentenced to serve five years in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, followed by five years of closely monitored probation, Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley ruled Thursday.
Ferdous was arrested in October 2012 after driving 840 miles from Ohio to Norman with the admitted intention of physically assaulting Kelsey Devonshire, who was the senior goal keeper for OU’s women’s soccer team at the time. He’d been expelled from OU in 2011 for stalking-type behavior toward female students, especially athletes. Though he had never met Devonshire, he wanted to kill her because he thought she was the reason he’d been forced to leave OU.
“He has been obsessed with OU since 2004,” his mother, Bilquis Ferdousi, testified Thursday.
Ferdous has been obsessed with attending OU since he was in sixth grade, which his mother said she always thought was strange because he’d never even been to Oklahoma. The same year this obsession began, Ferdous was diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder. His school teachers noticed his tendency to say things without realizing the consequences of his words, which is a symptom of Asbergers.
“He had a tendency to lie and tell stories to get people’s attention,” his mother said.
Counselors told her Ferdous’ obsession with OU was another symptom of the disorder, she said. She began taking him to counselors and he was placed in special education classes until he graduated from high school. Academically very intelligent, Ferdous scored high on the ACT and SAT and always maintained a high grade point average.
Ferdous stopped seeing counselors after high school and enrolled at OU without telling administrators about his disorder, she said.