Jahmell Crockam Gets Life In Prison For Lakewood Cop Killing

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A 20-year-old New Jersey man convicted of killing a Lakewood police officer has been sentenced to life in prison.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney On The Story

Jahmell Crockam appeared before a judge in Ocean County on Thursday.

Authorities say because Crockam was convicted of murdering Patrolman Christopher Matlosz, the law requires a life sentence without the possibility of parole. The judge also tacked an extra seven years for a weapons offense onto Crockam’s life sentence.

“He should get the same treatment he gave Christopher,” said Matlosz’ mother, Jane Calaio.

A jury convicted Crockam of walking up to the officer’s police cruiser in January 2011 and shooting him three times at point-blank range.

“On Jan. 14 last year, that man, the defendant Jahmell Crockam, in broad daylight and in cold blood, executed Officer Christopher Matlosz of the Lakewood Police Department,” Chief Assistant Ocean County prosecutor William Heisler said during the trial. “The defendant was trying to avoid arrest and that’s why he committed this murder.”

Tanya Cook Peteete, the mother of one of Crockam’s friends, testified that Crockam told her a month before Matlosz was shot that he would kill a police officer rather than go to prison.

Peteete testified that Crockam left court without making a scheduled appearance in December 2010, and that she urged him to return before authorities issued an arrest warrant for him.

“He said he wasn’t going back to the court,” Cook Peteete testified. “He just said he’s not going back to jail. If he’s going to jail, it’s going to be for killing a cop.”

Heisler also said Crockam had confessed several times to acquaintances that he shot and killed the officer.

Crockam’s lawyer, Mark Fury, elected not to present a defense. Throughout the trial, he maintained that there was no reliable evidence or witnesses who could identify Crockam as the shooter.

Matlosz’s death was the second shooting incident involving a Lakewood police officer in recent years.

New Jersey police union president Anthony Weiners doesn’t think the sentence will bring the fallen officer’s loved ones any closure.

“I think this is something that you take to the grave,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Levon Putney.

He says it’s time to consider bringing back the death penalty for cop killers.

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  • DaEmph

    I wonder if he was a white person that did this, would he just get anger management and released within 2 years? Hmmmmm….

  • swoogie go home

    another swoogie off the street is a good thing

  • naftaliy basiyr

    i grew up arouind the corner from his family. i know them. those who are outraged have a right to be. murder that has no reason, purpose or cause connected to it is mind boggling. life in prison is not punishment at all, when you consider human beings have the uncanny ability to adapt to most conditions – no matter how strenuous, trying or hard. the last cop killer (mudman) was killed in prison by another inmate. perhaps this child, jahmell, will suffer the same fate. as for the death penalty, that solves nothing. while it may placate the family of the victim it does nothing to deter the commission of heinous crimes

  • thor's hammer

    what a coward this sad excuse for oxygen consumption on the planet is. too bad his mom didn’t drop a dime on him when he told her he wasn’t going back to court or jail, that if it was jail he’d kill a cop. now the good people of new jersey have to pay the bill. well punk, here’s how it should go: cell no more than 4 ft in diameter, no windows, random electricity no more than a total of 2 hrs a day, no tv/computer/phone/free education/free health care. shouldn’t have visitors either. may each of your days be 1 more miserable than the one before. really should be a death penalty for certain crimes, this is 1 of those.

  • Rachael

    i think anybody who is a murderer deserves what ever they get. i just feel like when it was a cop who is killed other cops go to the extreme finding a killer. but when the cops kill innocent people which they do with incrising frequency they just get slapped on the wrist or suspended with pay.

    • Sailor Boy

      thats just what that boy got, exactly as he deserved. To bad he wasnt handed down the death sentence. Guess he will make ole Bubba happy.

    • Doug

      Another illiterate Liberal tries to speak her mind, but once again hasn’t the brainpower to be understandable.

      • Rachael

        i am not illeterate because im typing fast.. and i have plenty brain power and yes maybe i am liberal but i guess you think its cool for cops to kill kids i was just making a point

  • kglgan

    turns 21 in prison doing life with no parole
    God have mercy of the policeman

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