A Newark New Jersey man entered a guilty plea on reckless manslaughter charges in a case involving the shooting death of another person in 2014.
The fatal shooting happened around 8:30 p.m. on March 20, 2014 on the 200 block of South 6th Street in Newark, NJ. According to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, the 25-year-old suspect shot the 28-year-old victim, who also lived in Newark, New Jersey.
A few months after the fatal shooting, the suspect reportedly led police on a high-speed pursuit that ended when the suspect crashed into a police patrol vehicle. The suspect was allegedly driving a stolen car during the chase.
The suspect recently made an appearance in Essex County Superior Court in Newark NJ and pleaded guilty to charges of reckless manslaughter. In exchange for the suspect’s plea of guilty, Essex County NJ prosecutors agreed to downgrade the murder charge to a less serious charge of manslaughter. Additionally, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the other criminal charges against the suspect.
The terms of the plea agreement call for Essex County NJ prosecutors to recommend a sentence of 7 years in NJ State Prison. The suspect would be ineligible to be released on parole until after he has served at least 6 years in state prison.
The suspect will need to return to Essex County Superior Court in January 2016 so that his official sentence can be handed down.
For additional information about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Man Admits to Killing Before Allegedly Crashing into Police Car During Chase.”