Muhidin Abukar Sentenced For Role in Rural Rochester Murder
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The second man convicted for the 2019 "execution-style" murder of a Rochester man was sentenced this afternoon.
33-year-old Muhidin Abukar was given a prison term of just under 14 years with credit for the nearly 3 years he has spent in jail since his arrest. The other man convicted in the case, 25-year-old Ayub Iman, was identified by Abukar as the person who actually killed 28-year-old Garad Roble and was earlier sentenced to 27 years in prison.
An Olmsted County jury found Iman guilty of a second-degree murder charge at the end of a trial that was held in April, while Abukar entered a guilty plea to a second-degree murder charge on the day his second trial in the case was scheduled to begin last month. His first trial ended in a hung jury.
Both men were arrested after Roble was found dead on a rural southeast Rochester Road in the early morning hours of March 5, 2019. The criminal complaints stated that he had been shot nearly a dozen times.