A Paterson New Jersey man facing first degree murder charges for the killing of a pizzeria worker has now pleaded guilty to lesser charges of aggravated manslaughter.
The suspect committed the homicide on September 8, 2014 outside Big Chris’s Pizzeria in Paterson, NJ. According to authorities, the suspect got into an altercation with the victim, who was employed at the pizza shop. After the victim reportedly struck the suspect in the face, the suspect left the scene for a few hours. The angered suspect later returned armed with a handgun and fired six bullets at the victim, with at least one bullet hitting the victim in the lower back.
The victim was taken to a local hospital, where doctors tried to save him. Tragically, the 24-year-old victim did not survive his injuries and was pronounced dead at the medical facility.
Law enforcement later tracked down the suspect at a Pennsylvania motel, where he was allegedly hiding out. He was extradited back to New Jersey and charged with first degree murder.
The suspect later reached a plea deal with Passaic County NJ prosecutors: in exchange for the suspect pleading guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated manslaughter, prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence of 20 years in New Jersey State Prison.
When the suspect appears in Passaic County Superior Court on January 20, 2017, he will be official sentenced in the case.
For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Man Who Shot at Pizza Worker 6 Times Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter.”