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Joshua Lee heads to prison


Rochester, Minn. (KTTC) --

Part of a case closed on Wednesday after a family waited two and half years for justice. An Olmsted county judge sentenced one of two men charged in the death of 42-year-old Muhidin Mumin.

Joshua Lee will serve prison time. How much time became the sticking point. The Judge sentenced 5 years, but only two-thirds of that will be served in prison. The prosecutor says the sentence should have been higher.

Nearly two years and seven months have passed since Rochester police found the body of 42-year-old Muhidin Mumin in the alley behind Club Amsterdam. Police say he was beaten to death after an argument outside the night club. Now one of the two men charged with the crime is going to prison.

"I'm so, so happy today. That finally, the person who murdered my father and left him in that alley is finally behind bars and finally nowhere near our community," exclaims Mumin's 15-year-old daughter Nawai Zeno.

A jury convicted 27-year-old Joshua Lee in January of 1st degree manslaughter and 5th degree assault.

"I'm happy justice was served; it's been a long time," says Adil Zeno, Mumin's son.

Now, 3 months later, Lee stood in court to apologize to the Mumin family, as well as his own, before deputies handcuffed him and took him away.

"It's never easy to see a loved one go to prison and have to execute a prison term, so under the circumstances, I thought he and his family did very well," says Lee's defense attorney Thomas Braun.

But prosecutor Jim Martinson was not happy about the 60 month sentence, since the law suggests at anywhere from 74 to 103 months in prison for the crime.

"They kicked the man while he was down; it certainly justified the guideline sentence, if not a sentence longer than that within the guideline range," explains Martinson.

Mumin's family says they're just glad to see a prison sentence.

"He'll just come back and he'll just live, but my dad is dead, you know. I can't see my dad," says Adil.

"I know that he's going to come back," exclaims Nawai, "but maybe, hopefully, he's going to learn from his mistake."

Braun says he and the Lee family will decide soon if they want to file for an appeal. That decision is made more difficult since the judge actually granted the motion for a lesser sentence, something that might not happen again if the case goes to a retrial.

As for Adam Brandrup, the other man charged in the crime, he is still waiting for a trial date.

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