Officers from the Newark Police Department recently arrested a man in connection with an open homicide investigation. He now faces charges for murder, kidnapping, burglary, and multiple weapons offenses.
25-year-old Dwayne Campbell, of Orange, New Jersey, is accused of fatally shooting 35-year-old Ricardo Brown on Nov. 11, 2013 in the vicinity of Chester and Riverside avenues in Newark.
Sergeant Ronald Glover, a spokesperson for the Newark Police Department, announced that Campbell was apprehended on Wednesday, January 15th in East Orange near the 100 block of Steuben Street. Officers from Newark Police Department’s Fugitive Apprehension Team coordinated the arrest with members of the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office homicide task force and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Homicide/Murder is codified under N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, and is classified as a crime of the first degree. Under the New Jersey Criminal Code, crimes of the first degree are punishable by a term of incarceration ranging from 10 to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison. However, homicide offenses are considered particularly egregious and as such, are subject to more severe sentencing parameters. Thus, an individual convicted of homicide can be sentenced to spend 30 years to life in prison, 30 years of which must be served before the person becomes eligible for parole.
First-degree kidnapping offenses, governed under N.J.S.A. 2C:13-1, are also subject to sentencing provisions that differ from the general sentencing provisions applicable to other first degree crimes. In certain first-degree kidnapping cases, those convicted can be sentenced to a term of incarceration from 25 years to life, of which the individual is required to serve 25 years before becoming eligible for parole; or a term of 25 years, during the entirety of which the individual is not eligible for parole. Other first-degree kidnapping offenses are punishable by a period of incarceration ranging from 15 to 30 years in New Jersey State Prison, 85 percent of which must be served under the No Early Release Act (“NERA”).
With the seriousness of the crimes for which Mr. Campbell is facing charges, his conviction would entail severe consequences.