Just more than a year after authorities tracked him down to a west Baltimore row home following a four-month manhunt, Rakim Muhammad was sentenced to 25 years in prison Wednesday for the July 2010 murder of an Aberdeen man.
Muhammad plead guilty Wednesday in Harford County Circuit Court to second-degree murder and a weapons charge. He will serve his sentence at the Jessup Correctional Institution after spending more than a year at the Harford County Detention Center.
Muhammad was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, not including the time he has already served, for the homicide of Derrick Maxey, Jr. outside American Legion Post 55 on North Bond Street in Bel Air on July 18, 2010. Muhammad also received the minimum penalty of five years imprisonment without the possibility of parole for the use of a handgun during the felony.
Assistant State’s Attorneys Lisa H. Marts and Joel C. Muneses dropped the remaining nine charges in the shooting as a part of the plea deal made with Muhammad and his attorney, Mark Van Bavel. Muhammad was transported to the state penitentiary in Jessup immediately after the hearing.
Muneses is also pursuing four charges against Danielle Le Nae Kirksey, who on Nov. 9 allegedly threatened a witness to Maxey’s death. A scheduling conference is scheduled for Dec. 19.