Man gets 22-year prison sentence for charges stemming from pursuit that caused 6-year-old’s death

The man convicted of leading police on a deadly chase has learned his future.

According to online court records, 29-year-old Hakeem Muhammad will serve 252 months (21 years) for a charge of fleeing police in a vehicle that resulted in a death. That will be followed by an additional 21 months for fleeing police and causing great bodily harm. Court documents show he will also get 335 days of credit for time already served.

Muhammad entered guilty pleas to both of those charges last month. Two other charges of criminal vehicular homicide were dismissed as part of the plea agreement during the sentencing hearing.

As previously reported, Muhammad was wanted as a suspect in a murder back in July of 2022. Brooklyn Center police were chasing him through a neighborhood when he crashed into another car, which had a family of five inside.

A six-year-old girl was killed in the crash. Family members later identified her as Blessings.

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At that same time as Muhammad’s sentencing hearing, he made a simultaneous court appearance for the murder case he was originally being chased for. As of now, he is scheduled to stand trial for that case starting on October 2. He is charged with second-degree murder for the death of 28-year-old Devan Dampier, who family members claim was shot during an argument with Muhammad.

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