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A Monmouth County jury on Tuesday convicted a New Jersey man of fatally shooting a woman who was driving on a highway with her boyfriend and 1-year-old daughter, officials said.


Jury members found Kader Mustafa, 40, of Heightstown guilty of all charges — murder, endangering another person, and weapons offenses — in the death of Sycia Calhoun, 24, back on May 3, 2018.

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Prosecutors said Calhoun was driving late at night when his vehicle passed Mustafa. Officials said he then followed her on Route 33 in Freehold Township, flashed his high beam and then fired a bullet into her Mazda Protege, hitting her in the head.

Her boyfriend and daughter were not hurt.

The police traced Mustafa to Manalpan the next day and arrested him. He found two handguns in his Chevy Impala.

“It was a horrific, senseless crime, committed in the dark of night against the victim’s terrified lover and a total stranger in front of a young child,” Acting County Prosecutor Lori Linsky said. said in a statement. “We thank the jury for their service and are very pleased to learn that while today’s ruling does not bring Siasia Calhoun back, this defendant will be kept off the streets and brought to justice for her actions.” “

Mustafa is due back in court on January 7, 2022, for sentencing. He faces at least 30 years in prison.

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