- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man has been sentenced for sparking a courtroom scuffle just moments after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a female friend.

Giuseppe Tedesco, of Hopatcong, will serve the four-year sentence concurrently with the 70-year state prison term he’s serving in the murder case. He pleaded guilty last month to a resisting arrest charge stemming from the January 2013 scuffle that left a sheriff’s officer with a broken leg.

Prosecutors have said Tedesco mouthed obscenities at jurors after the verdict was announced, then threatened the victim’s brother.

The 29-year-old Tedesco was convicted in the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Alyssa Ruggieri in March 2010.

Prosecutors have said Tedesco killed Ruggieri in a jealous rage after she sent him text messages informing him she didn’t want to see him anymore.

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