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March 22, 2012
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Killer of NJ cop gets life in prison

Jahmell Crockam was convicted of murdering Patrolman Christopher Matlosz

By Wayne Parry
Associated Press

TOMS RIVER, N.J. — A 20-year-old New Jersey man convicted of killing a Lakewood police officer has been sentenced to life in prison.

Jahmell Crockam (juh-MEHL' CROCK'-um) appeared before a judge in Ocean County on Thursday.

Authorities say because Crockam was convicted of murdering Patrolman Christopher Matlosz (MATT'-lohs) the law requires a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

A jury convicted Crockam of walking up to the officer's police cruiser in January 2011 and shooting him three times at point-blank range.

A witness in his trial testified Crockam, who had outstanding arrest warrants, vowed he would kill a police officer before he would allow himself to be arrested.

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Copyright 2012 Associated Press






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