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2 Plainfield Men Sentenced In Fatal Shooting Of Bystander In 2011

NEW JERSEY (CBSNewYork) — Two Plainfield, New Jersey residents were sentenced Friday for the shooting death of an innocent bystander outside a convenience store back in 2011.

According to Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park, 46-year-old Nelson Santos Betance had just bought a phone card in a store at the corner West Third Street and Monroe Avenue on March 21, 2011 and was sitting in his car when gunshots were fired from a nearby vehicle.

Santos Betance was fatally hit by the gunfire.

A joint investigation by the Plainfield Police Division and the Union County Homicide Task Force found then 18-year-old Jordan Camacho and Laquan Chandler, who was 15, to be responsible for the shooting.

Both teens are confirmed members of Plainfield’s G-Shine set of the Bloods street gang, according to the county prosecutor.

Chandler was charged as an adult in the case.

In November 2013, both admitted shooting in the direction of the store at other people standing in the street when Santos Betance was killed, Park said.

Camacho and Chandler were sentenced to 15 years each and must serve at least 85 percent of their sentences before the possibility of parole, said Union County Assistant Prosecutor Bruce Holmes, who prosecuted the case.

The sentences were imposed by state Superior Court Judge Scott J. Moynihan.

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