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North Brunswick Man Admits To Shooting Rival Gang Member In New Brunswick

A 20-year-old North Brunswick man Monday admitted fatally shooting a rival gang member in New Brunswick, Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced.

Eduardo H. Escobar-Landaverde pleaded guilty in New Brunswick to reckless manslaughter and possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, saying he fatally shot Oswaldo Lozada, 21, also of North Brunswick, on a street in New Brunswick on January 9, 2012.

Escobar-Landaverde also said he carried the gun for the purpose of shooting gang rivals.

Escobar-Landaverde pleaded guilty during a hearing before Superior Court Judge Joseph Paone, who said he will sentence the defendant on July 11, 2014.

The defendant pleaded guilty under an agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Manuel Sameiro and Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Vincent Vitale. 

Under the agreement, Escobar-Landaverde will be sentenced to a prison term of six years and will be required to complete 85 percent of the term before he can be eligible for parole.

Escobar-Landaverde was charged after an investigation by Detective Ronoldy Martinez of the New Brunswick Police Department and Investigator Jeffrey Temple of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that the defendant, a member of the 18th Street Gang, shot Lozada, a member of another street gang known as MS-13.

The homicide investigation began after police received multiple 911 calls reporting that shots had been fired in the vicinity of Louis and Somerset streets in New Brunswick.

They arrived to find Lozada, who was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where he was pronounced dead.

Rick May 12, 2014 at 06:17 PM
Wow,you can carry an illegal firearm ,shoot to death anyone you don't like,and only get 6 years.When he gets out of jail he still will be a gangbanger and will kill again .
Jarhead May 12, 2014 at 07:02 PM
Ain't our strict immigration laws great? Don't forget, when these thugs have pups in this country they are " citizens". Eric Holder WILL NOT enforce the deportation laws, he's too busy going after the evil Koch brothers. These "anchor" babies are future democrats. After all, they want to stay on the government dole. Cut your own grass and most will go home to Mexico or Honduras. Then again, as long as they kill each other, who cares. The shame of it all is that the police have to investigate these incidents, and our hospitals have to treat them. Of course, none have health coverage, not even Obummer Care. And here comes Hillary to keep the downward spiral going.
Wwe Tensai May 14, 2014 at 09:52 AM
So now we have the gangs moving from Abbott districts into the suburbs. Lovely.

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