A Newark NJ man recently pleaded guilty to reckless manslaughter in the shooting death of another man in 2014.
The fatal shooting incident occurred around 8:30 p.m. on March 20, 2014 on the 200 block of South 6th Street in Newark, New Jersey. According to Essex County prosecutors, the 25-year-old suspect shot and killed the 28-year-old victim, who was also from Newark NJ.
Two months after the shooting, the suspect was allegedly involved in a high-speed police chase and slammed into a police patrol car. The suspect was reportedly in a stolen car. The police pursuit ended after the suspect crashed into a police vehicle.
The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with a number of crimes, including murder, robbery, kidnapping, eluding police, resisting arrest, assault by auto, and weapons offenses.
The suspect recently appeared in Essex County Superior Court in Newark and entered a guilty plea on charges of reckless manslaughter. In exchange for the suspect’s guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to downgrade the murder charge to manslaughter and dismiss the other criminal charges in the case.
The terms of the plea deal call for Essex County prosecutors to recommend that the suspect be sentenced to 7 years in New Jersey State Prison. The suspect would not be eligible for release on parole until after serving at least 6 years in prison.
The suspect will have to return to court in January 2016 so that he can be formally sentenced.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Man Admits to Killing Before Allegedly Crashing into Police Car During Chase.”