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Man Beats Murder Charge, But Not Weapons Charge, In Newark Slaying

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NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A man was convicted Monday of weapons charges, but acquitted of murder, in a shooting that killed another man in Newark.

Jererad Hollaway, 26, was convicted by an Essex County jury of second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun, but he was acquitted of the murder of Michael Reese, 22.

Hollaway is already serving a five-year prison term for a separate conviction of unlawful handgun possession.

Reese was shot and killed on Nov. 8, 2009. His body was found on Norwood Street in Newark.

The motive for Reese’s slaying remained unknown more than three years later.

Sentencing for Hollaway was set for May 3 before Essex County Judge Joseph Cassini III. Prosecutors will seek a minimum of 10 years in prison, with a five-year period of parole ineligibility coming after he completes his current sentence.

This is Hollaway’s third weapons conviction, prosecutors said.

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