By PAT EATON-ROBB, Associated Press

VERNON, Conn. (AP) _ A judge has handed down a 21/2-year prison
sentence to man who wounded a University of Connecticut football
player during a fight in which another player was stabbed to death
by another man.

Twenty-two-year-old Hakim Muhammad of Bloomfield pleaded guilty
to assault and was sentenced Friday in Rockville Superior Court. He
will serve 21/2 years of probation after the prison time.

Muhammad apologized for stabbing UConn player Brian Parker
during an October 2009 fight on the Storrs campus. Parker suffered
a minor stab wound in the back. His teammate, Jasper Howard, was
fatally stabbed in the abdomen.

Muhammad’s friend, John Lomax III, was sentenced last month to
18 years in prison for killing Howard.

Police say the fight was sparked by disparaging comments Parker
made about a woman at a school-sponsored dance.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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