Isaiah Brown-Miller Sentenced to 26 to 31 Years in Prison for His Role in the Murder of Imam Mohamed Hassan Adam in 2021

Posted on 3/6/2024

Defendant: Isaiah Brown-Miller

Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Karen Held Phipps yesterday sentenced Isaiah Brown-Miller to at least 26 years in prison for his role in the murder of Mohamed Hassan Adam, an imam at the Masjid Abu Hurairah mosque in Columbus and a leader in the local Muslim and Somali communities. Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Jack Wong and Debra Gorrell prosecuted the case for the prosecutor’s office.

A jury in January convicted Brown-Miller, 24, of kidnapping and aggravated robbery, both with 3-year firearm specifications. Brown-Miller and his accomplice, John Wooden of Columbus, kidnapped, robbed and fatally shot Adam on Dec. 22, 2021, in a vacant lot in Columbus’ South Linden neighborhood. Wooden was found guilty on Oct. 25, 2023, of aggravated murder, kidnapping and aggravated robbery along with firearm specifications. He will be sentenced on March 7.

"Our team worked diligently to bring the perpetrators of this horrific crime to justice,” said Anthony Pierson, deputy chief counsel for the prosecutor’s office. “I hope that this sentence will bring some comfort to Mr. Adam’s family and community.”