- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - Prosecutors say a central New Jersey man convicted of robbing a pedestrian at knifepoint has been sentenced to 18 years in state prison.

Ricky Sugar-Ray Booker, of Plainfield, must serve nearly 16 years before he becomes eligible for parole. A Union County jury had convicted the 25-year-old Booker in August on a robbery charge.

Prosecutors say the victim was walking to a county park in April 2012 when a vehicle approached him. A man later identified as Booker got out of the vehicle and started chasing him.

The victim tripped and fell a short time later, allowing Booker to catch up. Booker then robbed the man of $300 and got back into the vehicle, which then sped off.

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