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Vehicular homicide ends in plea deal

Ismail could face up to 10 years in prison

By ELIJAH DECIOUS

The Fort Dodge woman charged with vehicular homicide has agreed to a plea deal in which she could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay $150,000 in restitution for her role in a fatal 2018 crash.

Aisha Ismail, 26, entered a guilty plea after fighting homicide by vehicle, a class B charge, for about 18 months. She pleaded guilty to homicide by vehicle — reckless driving, a class C charge, in documents filed Tuesday.

Her prison term for the vehicular homicide will start after she has completed another sentence of up to 10 years for second-degree arson, stemming from a June 2017 incident in which she started a fire at The Islamic Center, a Des Moines mosque. Two people were sleeping inside the building when she entered and set fire to a carpet.

Ismail was previously on a two-year probation for the class B arson conviction, but pleaded guilty to violation of it in May.

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