A Paterson New Jersey man faces criminal charges first degree murder after being arrested for the shooting death of a teenager on a Paterson NJ street.
The homicide went down on September 4, but law enforcement was only recently able to connect the suspect to the killing.
The victim, a 19-year-old man, was walking on Lafayette Street in Paterson’s Fourth Ward when the suspect allegedly moved toward him and fired several gunshots.
The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Paterson Police Department investigated the homicide and followed multiple leads in the case. Authorities eventually determined that the suspect was the person who likely committed the fatal shooting.
The suspect is a 26-year-old resident of Paterson, New Jersey. He has been charged with a number of crimes, including first degree murder and unlawful possession of a weapon.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted of first degree murder, he could end up spending the rest of his life behind bars. That’s because murder is the most serious offense in the New Jersey Criminal Code, carrying a maximum punishment of life imprisonment and a minimum punishment of 30 years in NJ State Prison.
The suspect is currently being held at the Passaic County Jail in lieu of a $1 million bail amount.
For further information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “Man Charged with Murder in Paterson Shooting Death.”