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Gunman Convicted In 2010 Shooting That Killed Seton Hall Student

Nicholas Welch

Nicholas Welch was convicted in March 2014 in a 2010 shooting that left a Seton Hall University student dead. (Credit: Essex County Prosecutor’s Office)

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A gunman was found guilty Monday of the 2010 shooting of a Seton Hall University student at an off-campus party.

After a five-week trial before New Jersey Superior Court Judge Robert H. Gardner, an Essex County jury convicted Nicholas Welch, 28, of East Orange of the murder of Jessica Moore, 19.

In addition to the murder conviction, Welch was also convicted of four counts of attempted murder in the death of four other students, along with conspiracy, burglary, felony murder, and weapons charge. He was acquitted of hindering apprehension.

On Sept. 25, 2010, Welch shot and killed Moore after he was thrown out of the off-campus fraternity party at the Phi Beta Sigma house on Clinton Street in East Orange, according to prosecutors.

Welsh had told the young men coming to the party he could come to any house on that block, prosecutors said. When they threw him out again, he picked up a gun, came back, and opened fire on the party filled with about 100 Seton Hall students, prosecutors said.

Moore, an honor student from Disputanta, Va., was wounded in the head and died later in the day. The others wounded in the shooting were identified in an NJ.com report as Yvan Christope, Nakeisha Vanterpool, Nicosia Henry, and Daryl Elmore.

Sentencing for Welch is set for 1:30 p.m. May 30. He faces 30 years to life in prison on the murder conviction, and another 10 to 20 years in the attempted murder counts.

Co-defendant Marcus Bascus, 23, was awaiting trial on murder charges as of Monday for allegedly providing the gun Welch used.

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