The 22-year-old defendant shot the 20-year-old victim to death in 2011. The incident took place in Trenton, New Jersey.
Police said that the defendant shot the victim while the victim sat in a car near the intersection of Hart Avenue and Hurley Street in Trenton. After the shooting, the victim was taken to nearby Capital Health Regional Medical Center; he was pronounced dead a short time later.
The homicide reportedly stemmed from an argument between the defendant and the victim. According to authorities, the argument occurred one day before the shooting.
During the sentencing hearing, the defendant apologized to the victim’s family. Several members of the victim’s family were present in the courtroom when the defendant told them that he understands the pain they are going through.
Part of the plea deal also calls for the defendant to receive mental health treatment while he is incarcerated. The defendant has reportedly been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic. The judge acknowledged the defendant’s mental state during sentencing; he observed that the defendant stopped taking much-needed medication sometime after childhood.
Remarkably, while the victim was awaiting trial, he reportedly assaulted a fellow inmate at the Mercer County Jail. As a result, the defendant has also been sentenced to 5 years in prison for aggravated assault. However, the sentence will run concurrently with his 15-year sentence for the aggravated manslaughter conviction.
For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Burlington Man Gets 15 Years in Prison for 2011 Trenton Slaying.”