A Newark New Jersey man entered a guilty plea on charges that he was the getaway driver during an armed robbery that resulted in one person being killed.
According to authorities, the fatal incident occurred on September 13, 2012 at Jamil & Sons Family Grocery on Clinton Avenue in Newark, NJ.
While the 24-year-old suspect sat in a car parked outside the grocery store, his accomplice allegedly entered the building and attempted to hold up the store clerk. According to officials, an 18-year-old boy whose family owned the store attempted to interrupt the robbery and was fatally shot.
The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said that the suspect remained in the vehicle during the robbery and never entered the store.
Police investigated the shooting and identified the suspect as the getaway driver. He was arrested and charged with a number of crimes, including murder, armed robbery, and weapons offenses.
The suspect recently made an appearance in Essex County Superior Court in Newark NJ and pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit robbery. Under the terms of the plea agreement, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office will recommend that the suspect receive a sentence of seven years in New Jersey State Prison. Had the suspect challenged the original murder charges at trial, he could have received a life sentence.
The suspect will have to make another appearance in Essex County Superior Court in January 2016 in order to be officially sentenced.
The suspect is currently serving a five-year prison term on aggravated assault charges in an unrelated case.
The suspect’s alleged accomplice in the 2012 grocery store robbery will face murder charges in the case.
For more information about this case, go to the NJ.com article entitled “Getaway Driver Pleads Guilty in Store Robbery That Left Teen Employee Dead.”