A Paterson NJ man has been charged with first degree murder in connection with the shooting death of someone on a city street.
The shooting death occurred on September 4, but it wasn t until recently that authorities were able to connect the suspect to the homicide.
The victim, a 19-year-old male, was walking along Lafayette Street in the Fourth Ward of Paterson when the suspect allegedly approached him and fired multiple gunshots at him.
The Paterson Police Department and the Passaic County Prosecutor s Office conducted a joint investigation into the killing. Investigators followed several leads in the case and eventually identified the suspect as the likely culprit in the fatal shooting.
The suspect, a 26-year-old man from Paterson NJ, has been charged with several crimes, including first degree murder and unlawful possession of a weapon.
If the suspect is convicted on the most serious charges of murder, he would be subject to severe criminal penalties. That s because murder is considered the most serious offense in the NJ Criminal Code. A conviction for first degree murder could lead to life imprisonment in New Jersey State Prison, with a minimum mandatory term of incarceration of 30 years.
While the charges against the suspect remain pending, he will be held at the Passaic County Jail on a massive $1 million bail amount.
For additional information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Man Charged with Murder in Paterson Shooting Death.”