A third teenager has been charged in the murder of a deli owner in Newark NJ.
The 16-year-old suspect has not been identified because he is a juvenile. On October 27, the teen is alleged to have been part of a group that killed 41-year-old Union resident Joseph Flagg during an attempted robbery.
According to the prosecutor’s office, the shooting occurred at Mr. Flagg’s deli on the 200 block of Chancellor Avenue.
The suspects have all been charged with felony murder, robbery, and weapons offenses.
The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office intends to ask that the teenage suspects be tried as adults.
In NJ, homicide is the most serious crime in the state’s criminal code. N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3 classifies homicide as a first degree felony. If the suspects are tried as adults and convicted of first degree felony murder, they could be sentenced to life in NJ State Prison.
For more information, read the NJ.com article entitled “Authorities Charge Third Teen in Newark Deli Owner’s Murder.”