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Jersey City man sentenced to prison for shooting death of Bayonne man

24-year-old James Crawford was sentenced to 30 years in prison

James Crawford, file photo.

Hudson County Judge Angelo Servidio has sentenced a 24-year-old Jersey City man to 30 years in New Jersey State Prison for his role in the shooting death of 23-year-old Bayonne man on September 4, 2018.

Following a four week trial, James Crawford of Jersey City was convicted by a jury of first-degree murder; second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose; and second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon. The jury was hung on the conspiracy to commit murder charge against Crawford. He will not be eligible for parole for 30 years.

Additionally, the jury could not reach a unanimous decision on the murder and conspiracy to commit murder charges brought against co-defendant Alexander Harris, a 33-year-old of Jersey City. The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office intends to have Harris retried on the charges. A third codefendant, Jahmir Thomas, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.

Bayonne man shot dead

On Tuesday, September 4, 2018, at approximately 5:55 p.m., the Jersey City Police Department received a report of gunshots in the area of Lembeck Avenue and Ocean Avenue in Jersey City.

Upon arrival, responding officers found a male victim, later identified as Eric Crocker, 23, of Bayonne, with multiple gunshot wounds to his torso. He was pronounced dead at Jersey City Medical Center at approximately 6:30 p.m.

The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and the manner of death to be homicide.

The state was represented in this matter by Hudson County Assistant Prosecutors David Feldman and Dennis Murray.

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