DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A western New York man faces up to 35 years in prison in a crash that killed a 40-year-old Detroit police officer walking a beat in the city’s Greektown entertainment district.

The 30-year-old Saddam Mohsin, of Buffalo, N.Y., pleaded guilty Thursday in Wayne County Circuit Court to second-degree murder and operating under the influence causing death.

Mohsin is accused of driving the wrong way on June 5 when his Ford Focus struck Officer Charles Armour, who was on foot patrol. The 16-year police veteran died six days later, stunning friends and colleagues who thought he was recovering from injuries not thought to be life-threatening.

Mohsin’s attorney, Leon Weiss of the Fieger law firm, said it was clearly an accident. Weiss implied that his client had mental problems and that he was not handled fairly. But Weiss was found competent to stand trial.

Mohsin’s sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 13.

The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says the plea includes a sentence agreement of 18 to 35 years.

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