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Queens Man Gets 45 Years for New Jersey Murders

Peter Leonce is one of 10 defendants convicted of murdering two people over a gang dispute and a bottle of liquor

Friday, Sep 20, 2013  |  Updated 9:10 PM EDT
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Queens Man Gets 45 Years for NJ Murders

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A Queens man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for the killings of two people found buried in a back yard in Camden, N.J.

Peter Leonce is one of 10 defendants convicted of murdering Michael Hawkins and Muriah Huff in 2010 over a gang dispute and a stolen bottle of liquor. Hawkins was beaten, shot and stabbed in a house in Camden, prosecutors say, and Huff was killed to stop her from identifying the attackers.

Leonce, a 21-year-old Astoria resident, was found guilty of murder, aggravated manslaughter and other offenses. He will be behind bars for 43 years before he's eligible for parole. 

The other 9 suspects in the case either pleaded guilty or were convicted by a jury. 

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