A New Jersey shooting last November resulted in the death of a 64-year-old. If you have been following the news, you may have heard that a 19-year-old Newark man was arrested on felony criminal charges for the commission of this shooting.
According to reports, the 19-year-old allegedly shot the deceased during an attempted robbery in an apartment residence. Three people were supposedly in the apartment when the suspect entered and attempted to rob them at gunpoint.
After making threatening statements to the three individuals, the younger man purportedly shot the victim, who died two days later. In addition to the murder charge, the indictment also charges the defendant with terroristic acts, robbery and aggravated assault.
Under New Jersey law, murder is a first degree felony punishable by a jail term of 30 years without chance of parole or a fixed term between 30 years and life.
Furthermore, a terroristic threat is a third degree crime. It carries a sentence of three to five years. Aggravated assault resulting in severe bodily injury is a second degree crime punishable by a prison term of five to 10 years.
The supplemental charges following a murder charge are frequently used to enhance the sentence to the maximum allowed by law. These charges represent some of the gravest violations of criminal law and are beyond the ability of a layperson to defend in court.
Despite the seriousness of these charges, an accused person is presumed innocent and no wrongdoing attaches to the accused merely by having such allegations brought against them.
Source: NJ.com, "Newark man indicted on felony murder charges, accused of robbing and killing 64-year-old man," Richard Khavkine, July 13, 2012