Walton County man sentenced to prison time in connection with 2018 death

Hasaan Muhammad was sentenced to 15 years in prison for aggravated battery with great bodily harm. (WJHG/WECP)

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A DeFuniak Springs man will spend time in prison for aggravated battery with great bodily harm.

In June, Hasaan Muhammad pleaded no contest to the charge. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a judge Tuesday.

On December 21, 2018, Charles Rycroft, Jr. went to a home on Juniper Avenue a few miles west of DeFuniak Springs to speak with family members. A fight started on the porch of the home.

When Rycroft was told to leave, he turned around to do so. Muhammad shoved Rycroft down the stairs, where he hit his head on the ground.

Rycroft died from a traumatic brain injury.

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December 22, 2018

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - According to the Walton County Sheriff's Office, a DeFuniak Springs man was arrested and charged following the death of a 60-year-old man Friday.

Sheriff's officials said a medical emergency call is what led to the arrest.

They said deputies responded to a home on Juniper Avenue around 7 p.m. in response to someone who may have fallen.

A neighbor was reportedly trying to help Charles Rycroft, 60, who was lying on the ground bleeding.

Sheriff's officials said according to witnesses, Charles went to the home on Juniper Avenue to confront his daughter and walked up the stairs onto the porch during the confrontation.

They said Hasaan Muhammad II, 40, came out of the home and stepped between Rycroft and his daughter. The homeowner reportedly came outside as well and demanded Rycroft leave the property.

Sheriff's officials said when Rycroft turned around to leave, Muhammad pushed him off the stairs and Rycroft hit the bottom of the stairs headfirst.

Rycroft was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Muhammad was arrested and charged for aggravated battery and out-of-county warrants.

The incident is still under investigation.

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