Rochester man sentenced to over 13 years for function in 2019 homicide

June 23—ROCHESTER — A Rochester man was sentenced in Olmsted County District Courtroom on Thursday, June 23, 2022, to 166 months in connection to a homicide cost for the 2019 killing of a 28-year-old man.

Muhidin Omar Abukar, 33,

pleaded responsible in Could

to aiding and abetting unintentional and with out premeditation second-degree homicide and a cost of aiding, and abetting intentional and with out premeditation second-degree homicide was dismissed. The plea had been reached throughout jury choice in Could.

Abukar will serve somewhat over 9 years in jail and the remaining on supervised launch, in accordance with Minnesota statute.

Abukar and one other man, Ayub Abucar Hagi Iman, 25, of Rochester, had been charged within the dying of Garad Hassan Roble.

Roble’s physique was

discovered by a passing motorist

within the pre-dawn hours of March 5, 2019, on forty fifth Avenue Southeast, between St. Bridget Street Southeast (Olmsted County Street 20) and Simpson Street (Olmsted County Street 1). Roble died as the results of a number of gunshot wounds, together with no less than one head wound and one other within the stomach, in response to courtroom paperwork.

“There’s nonetheless a way of not realizing why (Roble was killed),” Olmsted County Lawyer Mark Ostrum advised the Publish Bulletin on Thursday. “All of us would like to know why and we’re most likely by no means going to know.”

Iman was sentenced earlier this month to

27 years for his function within the killing


At Thursday’s sentencing, Abukar’s lawyer, Paul Applebaum, tried to withdraw Abukar’s responsible plea as a result of Abukar claimed he was harmless of the crime.

District Choose Lisa Hayne denied that movement, in accordance with Ostrum’s objection, saying that the prosecution had supplied Abukar an affordable deal and he supplied “no good cause” for his withdrawal.

Abukar later withdrew his movement to withdraw his responsible plea following a sufferer influence assertion from Roble’s mom.

The assertion from Roble’s mom, learn by a sufferer advocate, described Roble as a contented and humorous baby who grew up in Rochester.

“He had an enormous form coronary heart,” the assertion learn. “He was so beneficiant.”

Abukar interrupted the studying regardless of warnings from Hayne.

“I am not going to take heed to a lie,” he mentioned in courtroom Thursday.

After Hayne threatened to carry him into contempt, Abukar replied with “Go forward.”

Ostrum advised the courtroom that Roble’s household has skilled this type of disrespect for the final three years from Abukar.

Applebaum advised the courtroom that he had by no means seen any disrespect from Abukar till Thursday.

Abukar declined to remark throughout his listening to Thursday.

In her sentencing, Hayne mentioned she had seen no regret from Abukar and that she agreed with one other sufferer influence statements that requested for Abukar to obtain the utmost sentence for his cost. Nevertheless, she was certain by the plea settlement, although she granted that 166 months doesn’t punish him.

The Olmsted County Lawyer’s Workplace spoke with Roble’s household they usually have been in settlement with the plea deal, Ostrum advised the Publish Bulletin on Thursday.

“I can not get into all of the specifics about why we made that settlement however I believe it goes to understanding the devasting influence that this had on the household,” Ostrum mentioned. “Nothing can ever convey (Roble) again.”

In response to Ostrem, Abukar admitted he was with Roble that night time with Iman. Abukar and Iman drove with Roble to a rural space south of Rochester the place Roble and Iman obtained out of the car. Abukar heard gunfire after which Iman obtained again into the automobile and the pair left the scene. Abukar cleaned the gun after being dropped off by Iman in northwest Rochester and tossed the firearm off the Elton Hills bridge.

A jury trial for Abukar was held late final 12 months however trial mistrial have been unable to return to an finish after a verdict following roughly 1 hours of deliberations. All through the course of that trial, jurors heard from greater than 30 witnesses, together with forensic scientists and particular brokers with the Minnesota Bureau of Legal Apprehension, a particular agent with the FBI and members of the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Workplace. Abukar didn’t testify.

Abukar had additionally beforehand been convicted of second-degree homicide in 2009.

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