According to authorities, the 36-year-old suspect pleaded guilty to reckless manslaughter charges.
The suspect reportedly admitted to killing the 50-year-old victim during an argument at the suspect’s residence in July 2013. The argument began as a verbal altercation before things escalated and turned physical.
The victim died as a result of the stab wounds.
After the suspect allegedly stabbed the victim, he fled the scene. He evaded police for a long time before eventually turning himself in to authorities in March 2014.
The suspect later reached a plea deal with Passaic County prosecutors. Although the suspect pleaded guilty to reckless manslaughter, he was initially charged with aggravated manslaughter in the case. A conviction on aggravated manslaughter charges could have resulted in a sentence of up to 30 years in New Jersey State Prison
Now the suspect has been sentenced to 8 years in state prison. As part of the plea agreement, he will be required to serve nearly 7 years before he becomes eligible for release on parole.
For further information about this case, access the NorthJersey.com article entitled “Paterson Man Sentenced to 8-Year Term in Stabbing Death of Roommate’s Boyfriend.”