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Man accused in Daytona Beach drive-by shooting sentenced to 95 years in prison

Rakim Watson, 29 , accused of shooting ​four people in Feb. 2016

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A Palm Coast man accused of injuring four people in a February 2016 drive-by shooting in Daytona Beach, as well as an additional deadly shooting on Mother's Day 2016, was sentenced on Thursday.

Rakim Watson, 29, was accused of four counts of principal to aggravated battery, one count of discharging a firearm from a vehicle and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

"When you do a drive-by shooting, you have two 9 mm and an AK-47, you're certainly not going there to trick-or-treat. You're there because you're looking to do some damage. Fortunately, nobody was killed," Chief Mike Chitwood told News 6 in February.

Watson was sentenced to 95 years in prison.​

R.J. Larizza said, “This defendant earned a 95-year prison sentence by using an AK-47-style, high-powered assault weapon discharged multiple times into a crowd of innocent people.

"Four victims were hit by the bullets. It was an absolute miracle that nobody was killed. It was only with the combined efforts of the Daytona Beach Police Department and South Daytona Police Department helped make these convictions possible.”