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Nearly 4 Decades In Prison For Man Who Shot, Killed Newark Police Detective

Jerome Wright Admitted To Killing Det. Michael Morgan Outside Strip Club
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PATERSON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New Jersey man was sentenced Tuesday to 39 years in prison for shooting and killing an off-duty Newark police detective two years ago.

Jerome Wright, 25, of Newark, was sentenced Tuesday in Paterson, in a courtroom packed with police officers.

He pleaded guilty in May to aggravated manslaughter and other counts in the death of off-duty Det. Michael Morgan, 32.

Morgan was murdered while walking a dancer to her car at Sunrise Gentlemen’s Club in Paterson. Prosecutors said Wright and girlfriend Nashali Gadson tried to rob the woman.

Morgan intervened, but was gunned down and later died at the hospital.

His grieving family and members of the Newark PD said their final goodbyes to the young man who was quickly moving through the ranks.

Gadson was also sentenced Tuesday, given a 10-year prison term after earlier pleading guilty to armed robbery charges.

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