A Newark New Jersey man was recently ordered to serve 12 years in prison for shooting and killing a man four years ago.
The homicide occurred in July 2011 at a public housing complex located at 169 Elizabeth Avenue in Newark, NJ. The fatal shooting took place around 1 a.m.
According to Essex County prosecutors, the 30-year-old suspect killed the 20-year-old victim during a drug deal that went bad. The victim lived at the housing complex.
The suspect was placed under arrest not long after the shooting.
The suspect eventually pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter charges in June 2015. He also pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful possession of a weapon.
Now the suspect has been sentenced to 12 years in NJ State Prison. The suspect recently appeared in Essex County Superior Court in Newark, where the sentenced was handed down by the superior court judge.
The suspect will be required to serve more than 10 years before he becomes eligible for release on parole. However, he will receive credit for time already served – time that amounts to four years.
Additionally, the suspect will serve his sentence concurrently with another sentence out of New York. According to officials, the suspect was previously convicted on a gun possession charge in NY and sentenced to 9 years in prison.
For more information about this case, check out NJ.com article entitled “N.J. Man Gets 12 Years in Fatal Shooting at Newark Housing Complex.”