A Passaic New Jersey man is going to be spending several years behind bars after a jury found him guilty of being the triggerman in a fatal shooting on a Passaic street.
The suspect shot and killed the victim on January 8, 2013. According to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, the victim was walking with friends on Parker Avenue and approaching the intersection with President Street when three cars pulled up alongside him. The suspect got out of the car, ran toward the victim, and shot him multiple times at close range.
After the shooting incident, the suspect got back into the car and quickly fled the scene. The victim’s friends dialed 911 to alert local law enforcement to the shooting. Emergency medical crews soon arrived and then transported the victim to a local hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead. The victim was 19 years of age at the time of his death.
Three days after the shooting, police located and arrested the 23-year-old suspect. He was charged with numerous crimes, including first degree murder, first degree aggravated manslaughter charges, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.
A total of five people were arrested in connection with the killing. All five men are believed to be members of the same street gang.
In February 2016, the suspect was convicted on the weapons offenses. However, the jury deadlocked on the homicide charges.
The suspect recently appeared in Passaic County Superior Court, located in Paterson NJ, for a retrial on the more serious criminal charges. At the end of the trial, he was convicted of first degree aggravated manslaughter.
When the suspect makes another appearance in the superior court in January 2017, he will be formally sentenced. He faces a potential sentence of 30 years in New Jersey State Prison.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Reputed Gang Member Faces 30 Years in Fatal Shooting.”