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Cop Killer Pleads Guilty in July 2010 Cranston Police Chase

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that two-time convicted murderer Terrell Muhammad (DOB: 12/8/63), with a last known address of 160 Kenyon Avenue, Pawtucket, pleaded guilty today before Superior Court Magistrate William J. McAtee for the July 2010 incident where Muhammad led Cranston Police on a pursuit after fleeing during a traffic stop.

Muhammad was sentenced to 15 years, 13 to serve with the remainder suspended with probation, on each count of assault with a dangerous weapon, sentences to run concurrent. He was sentenced to one year, suspended with probation, on the charge of reckless driving and on the charge of driving with a suspended license, sentences to run concurrent.

On July 30th, 2010, Muhammad pleaded no contest to larceny over $500 for stealing a 42-inch flat-screen TV from a Veteran’s hospital. He was given three years of probation and a suspended sentence.

Three hours after committing the larceny, he sped away from a Cranston police officer requesting his license and registration during a traffic stop, leading to the high-speed chase. Cranston Police officers pursued Muhammad onto Pontiac Avenue, where, on two separate occasions, he attempted to run down officers by swerving his car across the road at oncoming cruisers. The chase was called off after it was deemed dangerous for public safety.

He was apprehended and arrested on July 31, 2010, and held as a probation violator.

Muhammad shot and killed Boston police officer Thomas F. Rose with Rose’s own weapon in an attempted escape inside the Government Center police station in 1993. He was sentenced to 26-30 years but only served 15. Muhammad was previously convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of Angela Skeete, a Dorchester, MA store clerk in 1986 for which he was sentenced to six to ten years.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said, “Terrell Muhammad is a violent criminal who has left a path of destruction in his wake. He has no regard for human life, ruthlessly killing Detective Rose and Angela Skeete and attempting to run down police officers. Clearly, the time spent incarcerated has not rehabilitated this habitual offender.”

“On behalf of the Office of Attorney General, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Rose and Skeete families. They have had to relive the tragedy and memory of a loved being taken at the hands of this ruthless criminal. And, our great appreciation goes to the brave men and women of the Cranston Police department for their actions to apprehend this murderer before he was able to take another innocent life,” continued Kilmartin.

Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley also commented on Muhammad’s sentencing,” Time after time, violent offense after violent offense, Terrell Muhammad has proven himself to be a threat to anyone who crossed his path. This sentence is appropriate not only to his offenses in Rhode Island but also to his extensive criminal record. I hope it provides some sense of satisfaction to the families of Tommy Rose and Angela Skeete, the Rhode Island officers he attacked, and to all the others this man has hurt.”

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Department or agency: Department of the Attorney General

Online: http://www.riag.ri.gov/

Release date: 06-24-2011

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