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Jersey City men sentenced for 2018 homicide

Two Jersey City men were sentenced for their involvement in the 2018 death of Jersey City resident Kamal McCord, 19.

According to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, on Feb. 4, Judge Patrick J. Arre sentenced Jersey City resident Omar Williams, 23, to 10 years in New Jersey state prison, and one of Williams’s co-defendants, Kai Robinson, 23, of Jersey City, to a term of five years in New Jersey state prison.

Both men pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated manslaughter, with Robinson’s plea treated as a second degree at sentencing.

The sentences are subject to the No Early Release Act, which requires that they will have to serve 85 percent of their sentences before becoming eligible for parole.

On May 2, 2018, at approximately 9:50 p.m., the Jersey City Police Department received a report of a male shot on Merseles Ct. in Jersey City.

Officers found a male victim, later identified as McCord, inside a residence at 21 Merseles Ct.

He was found in a lifeless condition with an apparent gunshot wound to his torso and was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 10 p.m.

The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the Cause of Death to be a gunshot wound to the chest and the Manner of Death to be Homicide. Officers also found a female victim outside a residence in the area of 17 Merseles Ct.

The woman, 21, had an apparent gunshot wound to one of her extremities. EMS transported her to Jersey City Medical Center where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

A third defendant, Lasaun Rose, 28, pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in the first degree to be treated as second degree for sentencing.

He is pending sentencing.

The state was represented in this case by Assistant Prosecutor Leonardo Rinaldi of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit.

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