Second defendant receives maximum sentence in Utica barbershop shooting case

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UTICA — The second man convicted of a daytime barbershop shooting in Utica was also given the maximum sentence in Oneida County Court on Tuesday morning, according to court officials.

Hakim Muhammad, 20, of Utica, appeared before County Court Judge Michael L. Dwyer on Tuesday and was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for second-degree murder, court officials said. Muhammad and co-defendant Jaleak Scarborough, 22, were both convicted of murder at a jury trial in early April. Scarborough was also convicted of two counts of possession of weapons.

Prosecutors said Muhammad and Scarborough were involved in the murder of 26-year-old Lemeke Pittman at a local barbershop in Utica on May 7, 2021.

Scarborough was sentenced on Monday, also to 25 years to life in prison.

Pittman’s family and loved ones filled the courtroom on both days, with the victim’s mother, Lisa Pittman, confronting the two convicted killers during their sentencing.

A third man involved in the case, Christian Rodriguez, was sentenced to jail — about eight months in prison — in April for conspiracy. Prosecutors said Rodriguez helped hide Scarborough after the shooting.

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