A shooting in Hartford last November was in retaliation for a lenient sentence in the Jasper Howard stabbing death, according to police.
A suspect arrested for a shooting in Hartford told investigators he did it to get back at one of the men who sent his brother to prison for the stabbing death of UConn football player Jasper Howard, according to police.
Rasheem Grimes, 24, of East Hartford, has been charged with shooting Hakim Muhammad on Nov. 4. Muhammad spent 2 and-a-half years in prison for his role in the fight that led to the death of Howard on the UConn campus in Oct. 2009.
Police say Grimes is the brother of John Lomax III, who is serving an 18-year-sentence for stabbing Howard at a school-sponsored dance.
According to police, Grimes told investigators he shot Muhammad because Muhammad cooperated with police during the Jasper Howard case and was given a more lenient sentence than Lomax.
Grimes is charged with first-degree assault and carrying a pistol without a permit.
He was taken into custody by State Police Feb. 17 after a traffic stop. Troopers found a gun in Grimes' car and matched it to the shooting of Muhammad in November, according to police. State Police notified Hartford police, who obtained an arrest warrant for Grimes.