- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - Two men convicted in the fatal shooting of a man outside a northern New Jersey nightclub have received lengthy state prison sentences.

Union County prosecutors say Jamil Hearns received a 45-year term Monday, while Joey Fowler got a 50-year sentence. Both will have to serve 85 percent of their terms before they become eligible for parole.

Donnell Johnson, a 32-year-old Elizabeth resident, was killed in the March 2011 shooting at the AllStar Nightclub in Elizabeth. Authorities said the shooting was an act of retaliation, stemming from a “physical altercation” involving Johnson, Fowler, and several other men that occurred two months earlier.

An Elizabeth police detective who happened to be on patrol nearby responded to the scene moments after the shooting occurred and stopped the vehicle Hearns and Fowler were in.

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