A Louisville, Ky. man who identified himself to police as Mohamed Isse, 19, was convicted to three years in prison after a multi-county — including Clinton and Fayette counties — high speed chase last year, but has since told authorities he was 17 years old at the time of the incident and wants the conviction vacated.
Isse, now serving the 36-month prison sentence at London Correctional Institution, was brought to the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas Monday and appeared with his attorney. A motion to vacate judgment of conviction was filed in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas in October of 2015. The request to vacate the judgment was filed because Isse says he was a child at the time the offense occurred. Isse’s attorney requested a Somali interpreter to be made available for the hearing to vacate the conviction.
Isse was arrested when the Ohio State Highway Patrol attempted to stop a Subaru Legacy on I-71 in Clinton County April 4, 2015. The vehicle accelerated, at times reaching speeds of 130 miles per hour, and exited the interstate on State Route 41 south before stopping in Fayette County. The vehicle was later reported as stolen from Louisville, Ky.
Three occupants exited the vehicle and fled. After a short chase, the driver of the vehicle, identified as Mohamed Isse, was taken into custody. Two passengers, both minors, were found hiding behind a garage nearby. A 9mm handgun was found in the vehicle and a second handgun was recovered in the area where the two minors had been hiding.
Isse was taken to the Clinton County Jail and appeared for a preliminary hearing in the Clinton County Municipal Court April 10, 2015. When court was adjourned Isse began to yell that he was only 17 years old and that he lied about who he was, and said he wanted to call the man who brought him to the United States, according to reports.
On the way to the Clinton County Jail, Isse said he had used his brother’s identification card to buy cigarettes and claimed his real name was Abdillahi Mohamed.
Isse was convicted and sentenced to prison Sept. 28, 2015 for failure to comply and receiving stolen property in a plea agreement reached with the Fayette County Prosecutor’s Office.
Isse will be brought from the London Correctional Institution to the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas Aug. 22 for a full evidentiary hearing.
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