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Man sentenced to 20 years in state prison for 2020 fatal shooting

Bernard Wilson will serve time for the death of 38-year-old Abimael Fuentes

Bernard Wilson, image via the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office.

A man has been sentenced to two decades in prison for a fatal shooting that occurred two years ago, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has announced.

On Monday, October 31, the Honorable Vincent J. Militello sentenced 29-year-old Bernard Wilson to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison for the 2020 shooting death of 38-year-old Abimael Fuentes, in Jersey City.

Wilson, of Bayonne, pleaded guilty to Aggravated Manslaughter on Thursday, July 21 of this year. The sentence is subject to the No Early Release Act.

The State was represented in this matter by Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Andrew Baginski.

“The State thanks the court for its diligence in this matter to see that this defendant’s sentence will deter him from committing any additional violent crimes in our community,” said Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Andrew Baginski.

On Tuesday, April 21, 2020, just after 10:30 p.m., members of the Jersey City Police Department responded to shots fired on Brinkerhoff Street between Monticello Avenue and Bergen Avenue.

Responding officers found a victim, later identified as Fuentes, with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. He was transported to Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at approximately 1:41 a.m.

The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the Cause of Death to be a gunshot wound and the Manner of Death to be homicide. Following the shooting, Wilson was arrested in April of 2020.

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