A Waukesha man shot a woman more than a dozen times…and she survived. Now he will go to prison for 45 years.


A Waukesha man who tried to execute the mother of his three children has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.

a A Milwaukee County jury in September convicted Askia Strong, 33, of Charged with attempted first-degree murder, as well as other charges stemming from the July 23, 2022, attack.

Prosecutors said the woman was struck by more than a dozen bullets fired by Strong. The woman survived the attack, which her three children witnessed with Strong.

Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Rebecca A. Kiefer ruling.

Strong was ordered to serve 40 years in prison and 20 years of extended supervision on the charge of attempted first-degree murder. He was also sentenced to five years in prison and five years of extended supervision for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Keifer ordered the two charges to run consecutively.

Strong was also sentenced to:

  • Fifteen years of initial confinement and 10 years of extended supervision for first-degree reckless injury

  • Seven years of initial confinement and five years of extended supervision for first degree endangering safety

  • Five years of initial confinement and five years of extended supervision for second degree endangering safety

  • Nine months for bail jumping, a misdemeanor

The judge ordered that the sentence on these charges be served concurrently.

What was the main evidence against Askia Strong at trial?

Here’s what investigators say happened that day

The woman was driving with Strong and their three children — ages 12, 5 and 2 at the time — on South 24th Street to pick up a cellphone from a cousin’s home. On the way, Prosecutors said, Strong tried to show inappropriate photos of their daughter.

An argument broke out and Strong struck the woman in the face with the tip of a sharp gun, according to a criminal complaint detailing the incident.

Strong threatened her and yelled at her until their car stopped in front of her cousin’s house.

According to the complaint, Strong told the woman moments after stopping the car that he was going to shoot her. The woman got out of the car and ran away.

Strong got out of the car and chased the woman down the alley.

The gunman shot the woman with a blank bullet in the upper back, then stood over her and began shooting again repeatedly.

“His intent was clear. He was trying to kill her,” Assistant Prosecutor Katie Baconovich said during the trial.

A good Samaritan later found her and took her to the hospital.

According to the complaint, investigators later counted “15-23 bullets” on the woman’s body.

The weapon used in the attack has not been found.

This article originally appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: A Waukesha man who shot a woman more than a dozen times has been sentenced

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