Archive for Friday, December 18, 2009

Man who fired shots outside the Hawk sentenced to 53 months in prison

A man accused of firing shots into a crowd of people outside a bar near the Kansas University campus was sentenced to more than four years in prison Friday afternoon.

December 18, 2009, 2:38 p.m. Updated December 18, 2009, 3:29 p.m.


A man declared guilty of firing shots into a crowd of people outside a bar near the Kansas University campus was sentenced to more than four years in prison Friday afternoon.

Police said Joseph Muhammad fired shots March 26 outside the Hawk, near 14th and Ohio streets. Two KU students and a student from the University of Chicago were injured by the gunfire.

Muhammad, 23, pleaded no contest in November to three felony counts of felony aggravated assault for the crimes, which his attorney said were fueled by alcohol use.

Douglas County District Judge Michael Malone sentenced Muhammad to 53 months in prison on Friday.

Before his sentence was handed down, Muhammad asked for forgiveness for his crimes and said he had turned to religion.

“God has opened my eyes,” Muhammad said. “I’ve pulled out all good out of this.”

Malone said he received several letters from the community, which painted Muhammad as a “goal-oriented” and “considerate” person.

“Mr. Muhammad was and I believe will be a person who can be a positive influence in our community,” Malone said. “But, he’s committed a very violent, a very dangerous crime and must receive a penalty for that.”


The_Voice_of_Reason 8 years, 5 months ago

Only 4 1/2 years for firing a gun into a crowd of people??? Wow, seems a touch on the light side...

mtorkzadeh 8 years, 5 months ago

Marion (Marion Lynn) says…

“Joseph Muhammed”?

Was this a terrorist act?

Do We have to time and time again look at a person's name and read into it with racism and assumptions? please..realize the importance of his actions and remorse rather than his last name. Being Middle Eastern i would not appreciate that type of biased quip.

mdrndgtl 8 years, 5 months ago

Just so I got this right, you're saying he's not a terrorist? Just a guy trying to kill a group of people, right?

Stimulus and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwing bless you all

mtorkzadeh 8 years, 5 months ago

Marion, you are very right when you point that out. However, the fact that he practices a religion that is often associate with terrorism does not indicate he himself is a terrorist. i do not condone in the slightest his actions. but i do not agree with a bunch of ignorant and speculative people making assumptions. yeah he fired the shots, yes he injured innocent people, and yes HE DOES DESERVE his punishment. but what irks me is you speculating he's a terrorist due to his faith. i do not practice the faith of my father's side by choice, but i embrace and welcome all faiths. take a good look in the mirror before pointing the finger.

BlackVelvet 8 years, 5 months ago

People, people, people.....relax..... In this country, Marion has a constituional right to be ignorant and/or racist. Well at least he used to have that right.

mtorkzadeh 8 years, 5 months ago

rights aside or not....the one's with dishonest hearts will learn.

ralphralph 8 years, 5 months ago

53 months is a good start. Although I would prefer a stiffer sentence for firing a gun at a crowd, I applaud the local gendarme for getting this done. There must be a very clear expectation that if you use a gun to threaten or harm others you will go to prison, period.

mtorkzadeh 8 years, 5 months ago

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tomatogrower 8 years, 5 months ago

Why do you even respond to Marion's racism. He always was a bigot, and he will probably always be one. Boring.

mtorkzadeh 8 years, 5 months ago

being raised in a Muslim household gives a slight advantage when deciphering a name's origin. Muhammad was born in 570 C.E. approximately. traditionally a Muslim prophet his namesake was recognized all around the world. forgive me if i was educated wrongly by my father. i simply think that the association of "terrorism" and his last name is very tacky and immature. if he was not referring to Islam that's my mistake. However, look at both sides and listen to all parties before thinking you won the battle of words. i simply had an interest in this story and now i'm having a war of words with "adults"? i have better things to do with my time.

Brad Maestas 8 years, 5 months ago

I wonder if his new religion will help his grammar.

tomatogrower 8 years, 5 months ago

Timothy McVeigh was not Muslim, and he masterminded the 2nd worse terrorist attack on US soil. So, assuming anyone who is muslim and commits a crime is a terrorist is being a bigot. Mostly because you never, not even once assumed that someone with a Scottish name who committed a crime to be a terrorist. Bigotry is bigotry. Why not be honest and accept it?

HogJiver 8 years, 5 months ago

Let's see how religous he is after five years in prison.

StrangerCreek 8 years, 5 months ago

Finally! I was expecting him to get probation.

Zype 8 years, 5 months ago

Marion: You think you're really clever, don't you? I can tell you're in love with yourself.

Fail troll.

Zype 8 years, 5 months ago

Marion: You just keep on congratulating yourself.

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