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NJ Man, Marcus Bascus, Sentenced In Fatal Seton Hall University Party Shooting

Marcus Bascus Mugshot (credit: CBS 2)

Marcus Bascus Mugshot (credit: CBS 2)

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NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New Jersey man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for his role in the fatal shooting of a New Jersey college student from Virginia.

The Essex County prosecutor’s office says Marcus J. Bascus was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to conspiracy charges in the death of Jessica Moore, a 19-year-old Disputanta, Virginia resident who was a sophomore honors student at Seton Hall University.

Prosecutors say the 23-year-old Bascus of East Orange admitted he gave a gun to 29-year-old Nicholas Welch of East Orange, who used it to open fire after he was denied entry to an off-campus party near Seton Hall in September 2010. The shooting killed Moore and wounded four other students who have since recovered.

Welch is serving an 80-year prison sentence for Moore’s murder.

Moore’s aunt spoke to CBS 2 in 2010 of the sacrifice made by her niece when she stepped in front of the bullet meant for her best friend Nakeisha Vanterpool.

“Jessica’s act was love in its purest form – only the type that comes from our heavenly father,” the aunt said. “God has simply given her, her wings. Thank you Jessica for sharing your wings.”

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