Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk reported a Maple Shade man was sentenced today for assaulting a corrections officer while a jury deliberated to determine whether he would be convicted of murder.
Hinds, M/22, was sentenced today to a three year term of incarceration Friday after pleading guilty to 3rd degree Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer in March. The three years will be served consecutively to a 25 year prison term he received when he was found guilty in November 2012 of the murder of Muriah Huff, F/18, on Berkley Street in Camden in 2010.
Hinds was among ten people charged in connection with the Camden double murder that resulted in the deaths of Huff and Michael Hawkins, M/23. In November 2012 his case went to trial. On November 20, while the jury deliberated, Hinds awaited the verdict in the county jail and insisted to a corrections officer that he needed a haircut before the verdict was announced. He was told he would not be able to get a haircut at that time, and that led to a melee in which Hinds attacked the corrections officer. Other inmates in the jail took the opportunity to also attack the corrections officer before other officers broke up the fight.
The jury ultimately found Hinds guilty of Murder in Huff’s killing, though that was reduced to manslaughter as the jury found Hinds acted under duress from other codefendants in the case.