Lancaster man gets 17-34 years for drag racing crash that killed Philly mother, 3 children

Khusen Akhmedov

PHILADELPHIA (WHTM) – A Lancaster man will serve at least 17 years in prison for a drag racing crash that killed a Philadelphia woman and her three children.

Khusen Akhmedov, 25, was ordered to serve 17-34 years in state prison at his sentencing Monday, according to court records. He received 4-8 years on each of four third-degree murder charges, plus 1-2 years for one count of reckless endangerment.

Prosecutors say Akhmedov and Ahmen Holloman were racing when Akhmedov struck and killed 28-year-old Samara Banks and her three young sons as they crossed Roosevelt Boulevard in July 2013. The children were between 7 months and 4 years old.

Holloman, 32, was sentenced to 5-10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to four counts of homicide by vehicle.

Akhmedov was found guilty after a non-jury trial in July.

His sentence will run concurrent to the 27-month prison term he received in June 2014 on unrelated federal charges. Prosecutors said he participated in a scheme to defraud Medicare when he worked as an EMT for Penn Choice Ambulance.

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