Man Gets More Than 200 Years In Newark Schoolyard Slayings

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The third of six defendants in a Newark, N.J., schoolyard triple murder has been sentenced to more than 200 years in prison.

 Alexander Alfaro was 16 at the time of the 2007 schoolyard killings that shocked New Jersey’s largest city and led to anti-crime reforms. A jury convicted  on 16 of 17 counts last month.

Dashon Harvey, Terrance Aeriel and Iofemi Hightower were shot execution-style behind Mount Vernon School, weeks before they were to attend Delaware State University. A fourth friend survived being shot and stabbed in the attack.

Alfaro admitted in a taped statement that he slashed one of the victims with a machete before all three were shot execution-style, but said he was coerced into giving a false confession when he was arrested two weeks after the murders.

Two other defendants are serving consecutive life sentences for the murders. Three defendants are awaiting possible trial dates.

Alfaro received 60 years each on two of the murders and 75 years on the third murder, to run consecutively. He also was sentenced to a consecutive term of 17 years for armed robbery.

The six suspects were caught within two weeks of the murders. Prosecutors have said the attack was orchestrated by a leader in the violent MS-13 street gang.

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  • Tommy

    Sadly, its costs much more to execute a prisoner than to keep him behind bars. Between the many many appeals that likely happen over many years, the cost is astronomical compared to 3 hots and a cot.

  • Will

    This is so f@$#% funny. 200 years sentence? Oh yeah, he’s going to be living til he’ 210 years old. Just end his life & save lots of taxpayer’s $$$. Where is the commonsense nowadays.

  • JoeBronx

    200 years? yes, but with “good behavior” they might be able to cut their sentences in half.

  • Seymore

    Sentence them to die…why should the tax payers pay for them in jail….let them dies like their victims did…..execution style woiuld be acceptable
    In no way should these animals be allowed to have a reduced sentence 30 to 40 years from now……they should not walk among the decent people of this earth

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  • joanna

    They deserve to die a horrible death like their victims. It is so sad that this was all because of wanting acceptance in some stupid gang.

  • Me

    They should all be shot execution style

  • Philip

    Even the school being used for this sort of murders must be added to the sentence and the punishment increased These gangsters should be made to realize That from the first day of that word in their lives means ” The hang mans noose is already around their necks”. whether they are under age or not. People who do these things in a group are total cowards to the bone thats why they do it together .Fear is what makes them do it in a group and not alone .When they die they will want others to die with them . Perhaps you ought to write Osama on their grave stones.

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