An Essex County judge sentenced a man to more than 100 years in prison for two fatal shootings in Newark, NJ.
According to prosecutors, the suspect went on a month-long crime spree that led to the deaths of two men.
The suspect shot and killed a 37-year-old victim during an armed robbery at JNC Mini Market, a bodega in the West Ward of Newark, New Jersey. The other victim was murdered during a robbery on Orange Avenue in Newark, NJ. The killings occurred in December 2011 and January 2012.
The suspect was eventually convicted on a number of criminal charges, including first degree murder and armed robbery.
During the trial, prosecutors played a videotaped confession from the suspect. The video showed the suspect confessing to one of the murders and stating that he was present for the other murder.
The suspect recently appeared in Essex County Superior Court in Newark NJ for sentencing. The victim’s sisters testified at the sentencing hearing, telling the superior court judge that their hearts were broken by the death of their brother.
At the conclusion of the hearing, the judge sentenced the suspect to more than 100 years in New Jersey State Prison. The suspect got 42 years for one of the killings and 62 years for the other murder.
When handing down the sentence, the judge noted that the suspect showed a “total lack of remorse” by continuing to claim his innocence in spite of the convincing evidence against him.
The suspect’s sentences are set to run consecutively, meaning that they will be stacked one on top of the other. Additionally, the suspect will not be eligible for release on parole until he has served at least 85 percent of each prison term.
To learn more about this case, check out NJ.com article entitled “N.J. Man Gets Over 100 Years for Two Murders During Month-Long Crime Spree.”