What to Know
- The final three defendants who have pleaded guilty in the carjacking death of a newlywed at a New Jersey mall have been sentenced
- Dustin Friedland, a young Hoboken attorney, was shot and killed in the parking lot in front of his wife 10 days before Christmas in 2013
- Basim Henry, the fourth defendant, was sentenced in June in the deadly carjacking at The Mall at Short Hills
The gunman in the deadly carjacking of a young Hoboken attorney at a New Jersey mall in 2013 has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
A judge in Newark sentenced Hanif Thompson on Thursday.
Prosecutors claimed Thompson and Karif Ford were on the hunt for high-end cars in the parking lot of The Mall at Short Hills just 10 days before Christmas in 2013. Authorities said they demanded the keys to the brand-new Range Rover belonging to Dustin Friedland. But after a struggle, Friedland, a newlywed, was shot and killed in front of his wife.
Ford and Thompson admitted to their roles that night. Ford pleaded guilty to a count of first-degree carjacking and Thompson pleaded guilty to felony murder charges and unlawful possession of a handgun.
Friedland's widow also read a statement aloud, telling Thompson he "tore my dreams away from me."
Ford and a third defendant, Kevin Roberts, were each sentenced to 20 years in prison for their guilty pleas of first-degree carjacking.
The getaway driver, Basim Henry, was sentenced in June, to life in prison.