NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A man was sentenced to 54 years in prison Monday for stomping and kicking another man in the head until he died in Newark two years ago.
Dwayne Johnson, 43, was convicted by an Essex County jury in November of first-degree murder, for killing Terrence Everett, 38.
Superior Court Judge Michael L. Ravin on Monday sentenced Johnson to 50 years in New Jersey State Prison for the murder, as well as another four years for theft after Johnson went through Everett’s pockets after killing him, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s office.
Johnson must serve the sentences consecutively, and must serve about 42 years before he is eligible for parole. He has been in prison since he was firs charged in January 2013.
Johnson and Everett had been friends, but got into a quarrel after Johnson’s girlfriend asked Everett for cigarettes, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s office. Their feud continued through December 2012, and Everett ended up punching Johnson’s girlfriend, prosecutors said.
Everett then left, and police found Everett’s body bleeding from the head, prosecutors said.
Johnson also rifled through Everett’s pockets after he stomped Everett to death, prosecutors said.
A passerby videotaped the attack, prosecutors said.
Assistant Prosecutor Ahmad Rasool said Johnson never took responsibility or showed remorse, and asked for a life sentence, prosecutors said.
“This defendant stomped a man to death in broad daylight on a public street but he seems to want to point the finger at everyone else,’’ Rasool, who tried the case with Assistant Prosecutor Paul Bradley, said in a news release.
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