The 21-year-old defendant, who worked as a cook, allegedly drank more than 20 beers and did three bags of cocaine prior to the homicide.
The defendant, an undocumented immigrant, was out for the night with friends at the Xclusiv Lounge in Dover, New Jersey. The 39-year-old victim was also at the club.
At some point during the night, the suspect and the victim reportedly got into a verbal altercation over a woman.
Not long before the club closed for the night, the suspect and the victim were walking on nearby East Blackwell Street, along with several other people.
The verbal altercation between the suspect and the victim continued and eventually spilled over into violence. The suspect allegedly used a knife to stab the victim in the neck.
Police investigated the killing and spoke with witnesses. The owner of the bar initially told police that only one of the men involved in the deadly fight had been inside the club prior to the stabbing.
Investigators eventually got enough evidence to link the suspect to the killing. The suspect was charged with aggravated manslaughter in the case. He later pleaded guilty to the charges.
Now the defendant has been formally sentenced for the murder. The Morris County Superior Court judge handed down a sentence of 25 years in New Jersey State Prison. Additionally, the suspect will not be eligible for release on parole until he has served at least 85 percent of his sentence.
For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article entitled “Dover Man Gets 25 Years for Fatal Stabbing, Report Says.”