VERNON, Conn. (AP) _ A state judge has approved a probation program for a Bloomfield man accused of hiding one of the knives used in a fight that ended with the death of University of Connecticut football player Jasper Howard in 2009.

The Hartford Courant reports that 24-year-old Rahim Muhammad was granted accelerated rehabilitation on Friday in Rockville Superior Court. A charge of hindering prosecution will be dismissed if he completes two years of probation and performs 150 hours of community service.

Muhammad was charged with getting rid of the knife his brother, Hakim Muhammad, used to stab football player Brian Parker during the fight. Parker was not seriously hurt. Hakim Muhammad was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison.

John Lomax III is serving 18 years in prison for manslaughter in Howard’s death.

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


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