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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.

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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.”

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Silence_Dogood 4 years, 4 months ago

Marion, as always, is a trash idiot.

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demonfury 4 years, 4 months ago

Wouldn't it be great if Lawrence, Kansas, and the US Government were to require all alcohol serving & selling establishments to post pictures of criminals and their punishments received for the crimes they commited at that establishment? We require sex offenders to register with not only the city, but the state, and the national database. Although sex offenses are horrible crimes too, the overwhelming majority of sex offenses do not involve guns being fired with the intention to kill. Sounds like we need to make examples of these gun happy criminals and possibly thwart some statistical #'s in the future. Sounds fair to me....... Think about it, we are so lame in our approach to law and order. Sex is legal, selling is legal, but selling sex is illegal. That makes good sense, huh? We mandate sex offenders to register everywhere so we know who they are, where they are, and what their crime was so we are aware of the potential for a repeat offense. Why wouldn't we do the same for a criminal who SHOOTS people? Kinda makes you wonder, huh?

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 4 months ago

"Zype (Anonymous) says…

Marion: You just keep on congratulating yourself."

Marion writes:

But Zype you keep responding on command!

Sit!

Stay!

LOL!

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Zype 4 years, 4 months ago

Marion: You just keep on congratulating yourself.

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 4 months ago

"Zype (Anonymous) says…

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

Fail troll."

Marion writes:

Well, if I'm "trolling", you certainly took the bait!

Sit Skippy!

(Rings Pavlovian bell!)

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hellsbasement 4 years, 4 months ago

Zype- by george, i think you've got it!

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Beer Guy 4 years, 4 months ago

He fired into a crowd and didn't hit anybody? Damn he must of been really drunk.

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Zype 4 years, 4 months ago

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

Fail troll.

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StrangerCreek 4 years, 4 months ago

Finally! I was expecting him to get probation.

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Jacob123 4 years, 4 months ago

There is not a lot of frontal lobe function on this SOB.

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redmoonrising 4 years, 4 months ago

And I thought only roosters crowed.

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 4 months ago

And now for something completely different!

Wild Man Fischer:

"The Taster":

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HogJiver 4 years, 4 months ago

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

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Jacob123 4 years, 4 months ago

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 4 months ago

"hellsbasement (Anonymous) says…

and as far as Marion…just because Marion looks like one, does not make him one."

Marion writes:

By George, I think you've got it!

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hellsbasement 4 years, 4 months ago

and as far as Marion...just because Marion looks like one, does not make him one.

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hellsbasement 4 years, 4 months ago

"a man accused" hmmmm...please explain. he was CONVICTED.

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 4 months ago

Far as I can tell the only person on this thread who has made a stated assumption about the perp in this incident being Muslim is mtorkzadeh (Anonymous).

I dunno.....

..just re-read it and sure looks that way to me!

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tomatogrower 4 years, 4 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?

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 4 months ago

"mtorkzadeh (Anonymous) says…

being raised in a Muslim household gives a slight advantage when deciphering a name's origin. Muhammad was born in 570 C.E. approximately. "

Marion writes:

Well, there, mtorkzadeh (Anonymous), since you seem to be up on the history of Islam, tell us if you can, just when it was that the prophet (saws) took Aisha as his wife; how old was she at the time of the marriage and how old was she when the marriage was consummated?

Inquiring minds want to know!

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Brad Maestas 4 years, 4 months ago

I wonder if his new religion will help his grammar.

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 4 months ago

"JustNoticed (Anonymous) says…

bede mpfele, bede mtumi, nanndin bede"

Marion writes:

You from Botswana?

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 4 months ago

"tomatogrower (Anonymous) says…

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

Marion writes:

I defy you to show wherein this thread I have posted so much as one "racist" comment!

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JustNoticed 4 years, 4 months ago

bede mpfele, bede mtumi, nanndin bede

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mtorkzadeh 4 years, 4 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.

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tomatogrower 4 years, 4 months ago

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

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farfle 4 years, 4 months ago

I hope he makes someone a nice wife.

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mtorkzadeh 4 years, 4 months ago

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ralphralph 4 years, 4 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.

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macon47 4 years, 4 months ago

mtorkzadeh if the terrorists name had been Mashall Tyler Snder III and he showed up in court with some sorty of remorse i would suspect , especailly if he was a ku student and not some out of town gangster he might have gotten a differenct sentence per haps a lighter one.

if the terrorsts gunmans name was Willie jackson johnson smith, and he showed up in bling, he would have got about what your friend mohammed got.

in spite of the freedoms people from other cultures percieve, it dont really work out like that

you appear to be a very nice person but at this point in time the muslims are not the mom, apple pie and chevrolet of america

i would suspect with in the next 20 yrs or so, muslims , hispanics and orientials will have out numbered what is left of the anglo saxon crowd, and this coutry will be yours.

for the time being , can we just have our country before everyone else destorys it to fit thier beliefs?

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 4 months ago

"mtorkzadeh (Anonymous) says…

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."

Marion writes:

Gotcha!

Which is of course, right where I wanted you!

Call "ME" a "RACIST"!

LOL!

(1) I merely asked if firing into a crowd is a terrorist act, while mentioning the guy's name and "YOU" took "THAT" ball and ran with it!

LOL!

(2) The article does not specify to which religion this potential murderer has turned but "YOU" assume that it is Islam because of his last name.

I "LOVE" it when a plan comes together!

You were writing just what about:

(1) Stereotypes?

(2) "Racism"?

(3) How I "speculated" about him beng a terrorist because of his faith? I don't know what his faith is!

Gotcha!

In cany case, the indiscriminate firing of a handgun into a crowd is just about as terroristic as you can get, don't you think?

Where is that bell?

Time for the dogs to start salivating again!

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mtorkzadeh 4 years, 4 months ago

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

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JackRipper 4 years, 4 months ago

religon associated with terrorism? which one would that be? if we just went be numbers killed does that mean he is a Christian?

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BlackVelvet 4 years, 4 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.

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mtorkzadeh 4 years, 4 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.

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 4 months ago

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

Marion writes:

I wonder which religion he has turned to?

Just askin'.

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mdrndgtl 4 years, 4 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

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mtorkzadeh 4 years, 4 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.

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JackRipper 4 years, 4 months ago

Wow, four and half years for shooting a gun and not hitting anyone yet you can drive drunk, kill someone, and serve no time at all. So strange really.

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macon47 4 years, 4 months ago

light side? if he had of been a ku student and killed someone he would have gotten two weekends in jail so it wouldnt hurt his education.

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The_Voice_of_Reason 4 years, 4 months ago

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

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Marion Lynn 4 years, 4 months ago

"Joseph Muhammed"?

Was this a terrorist act?

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Stuart Evans 4 years, 4 months ago

but did he learn anything from this?

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