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Andrew Ford and Ryan Ross, Asbury Park Press

PLAINFIELD – A metropolis man has been sentenced to 58 years in state jail for the execution-style deadly taking pictures of a metropolis girl, performing Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo introduced Tuesday.

Anthony Baines, 24, should serve at the least 85 % of the sentence earlier than the opportunity of parole underneath the phrases set down Friday by Union County Superior Court docket Decide John M. Deitch.

Following the trial, a jury deliberated for a number of hours over two days earlier than convicting Baines on all counts, together with homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide and two associated weapons offenses.

In June 2016, 24-year-old Neelega Perry’s physique was discovered within the yard of a house on the 400 block of Spruce Avenue, in accordance with a launch from the Union County Prosecutor’s Workplace. Perry sustained a gunshot wound to the again of the pinnacle and pronounced on the scene.

Baines was sentenced to jail for taking part in the lead position amongst a gaggle of three individuals “who meticulously deliberate and carried out the execution-style deadly taking pictures,” in accordance with the discharge.

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The revolver used to kill Perry was discovered discarded subsequent to her physique.

A subsequent investigation led by Sgt. Michael Manochio and Detective Christopher Scuorzo of the Union County Murder Process Drive, assisted by the Plainfield Police Division, Union County Sheriff’s Workplace Identification Unit and the Union County Police Division Ballistics Unit resulted within the identification of three suspects: Baines, 22-year-old Raequon Segers and 21-year-old Gquan Johnson.

Johnson was arrested in late September 2016, with Baines being apprehended in early October 2016 and Segers taken into custody roughly every week later, in accordance with the discharge. 

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The trio was indicted in February 2017, and Segers and Johnson each pleaded responsible to costs of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault in early Might 2019, with Johnson additionally admitting to a weapons cost. Each of these defendants then testified in opposition to Baines throughout his trial, in accordance with the discharge.

At trial, it was additionally revealed that not solely did Baines get two feminine acquaintances to create a false alibi for him, threatening one with hurt if she didn’t stand by it, however he additional claimed that an individual who was confirmed to be in Pennsylvania on the time of Perry’s loss of life dedicated the homicide, in accordance with the discharge.

Perry’s mom and grandmother each learn transient statements into the document previous to the sentencing listening to. Deitch famous that the three defendants devised a way to lure the sufferer out of her dwelling to kill her, and likewise commented that Baines, who declined a chance to talk through the sentencing listening to, had not proven any regret through the entirety of his authorized proceedings.

Employees Author Nick Muscavage is an award-winning watchdog reporter whose work spans many matters and has spurred the creation of a state law. Contact him: 908-243-6615; ngmuscavage@gannettnj.com; @nmuscavage.

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