MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) — One of five southern New Jersey youths involved in a deadly gas station robbery has been sentenced to 40 years in state prison.

State prosecutors say 20-year-old Nasir Salaam must serve 30 years of the sentence imposed Friday before becoming eligible for parole. He had pleaded guilty in August to a felony murder charge stemming from the March 2007 robbery in Atlantic City.

The Galloway Township resident was 17 when he and two other teens committed the robbery in which the station owner was fatally shot and an attendant wounded. The three were assisted by two other teens who drove them to the station.

A jury convicted Salaam of armed robbery and weapons charges, but couldn’t agree on the felony murder charge. Prosecutors planned to retry him on that charge, but reached a plea deal as that trial was to start.

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