New Jersey man gets 20-year sentence in 'ambush, execution'
Jul. 15, 2017
ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in the 2013 shooting death of a man that officials described as an "ambush and execution."
Union County Prosecutor Grace Park said in a statement that 25-year-old Lavarr Nowell, of Plainfield, was sentenced on Friday.
The sentencing comes after Nowell's April trial on a murder charge resulted in a hung jury. He later pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree aggravated manslaughter.
Officials said that Nowell was identified as a suspect in the December 2013 shooting death of Dawud Hicks. A judge called it an "ambush and execution."
Nowell must serve 85 percent of his 20-year sentence before becoming eligible for parole.