NJ Man Sentenced in '78 Murders of Five Newark Boys | NBC New York

NJ Man Sentenced in '78 Murders of Five Newark Boys

Lee Evans and his cousin, Philander Hampton, charged with murdering five teens



    Lee Evans (l) and Philander Hampton (r) were charged with murder in connection with the boys' disappearance.

    A man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to the 1978 murders of five New Jersey teenagers in what was one of the state's longest-running cold cases.     

    Fifty-four-year-old Philander Hampton, who has been in jail since his March 2010 arrest, could be paroled soon because of 1978 guidelines that allow release after serving 20 percent of a sentence.     

    Hampton says he and another man lured the teens to an abandoned house in Newark then locked them inside and set the house on fire, in a dispute allegedly over stolen drugs.     

    The Star-Ledger of Newark reports that Booker Murray, whose brother, Melvin Pittman, was a victim, told the court the punishment was too lenient.   

    Hampton has agreed to testify against a second suspect, Lee Evans, who is his cousin.