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Man Sentenced in Death of Mohammed’s Dad

May 30, 2003

CHICAGO (AP) _ The man convicted in the beating death of the father of Atlanta Hawks player Nazr Mohammed was sentenced to 42 years in prison.

Walter Hughes, 37, of Chicago, was convicted of murder and armed robbery in April for the July 2000 death of Alhaji Mohammed. The elder Mohammed was found dead at his auto parts store on Chicago’s South Side.

Hughes was sentenced to 42 years in prison for the murder charge and an additional 10 years for the armed robbery conviction, Assistant Public Defender James Mullenix said. The sentences will run concurrently.

Mullenix said Friday that he plans to appeal the verdict.

Nazr Mohammed played for Kentucky for three years. He was a reserve on the 1996 Kentucky championship team and a starter on the 1998 championship team.

He left school early to enter the NBA draft, playing for the Philadelphia 76ers before being traded to Atlanta in 2001.

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