- Associated Press - Saturday, October 4, 2014

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Three Jersey City brothers convicted in the beating death of their brother-in-law on Christmas Day 2011 are now headed to state prison.

The Jersey Journal reports (https://bit.ly/Zdwp9R) that 46-year-old Elieser Paet was sentenced Friday to 19 years in prison, while his younger brothers, 41-year-old Wilfred and 40-year-old Francis each received four-year terms.

Elieser Paet, who allegedly used a shovel to beat the victim, was convicted of aggravated manslaughter, while his brothers were found guilty of aggravated assault.

Authorities say all three men will likely be deported back to their home country of the Philippines after they complete their prison sentences. Each brother will have to serve 85 percent of their terms before they become eligible for parole.

The attack occurred in the garage of the victim’s home. Authorities have said the slaying was the result of “an ongoing family dispute,” but have not disclosed further details.

The attack occurred shortly after Alvendia’s wife, the Paets’ sister, had run to the store to buy something, authorities have said.

“This (incident) is an unfortunate event for Filipinos in Jersey City,” said court interpreter Mepomuceno Reyes, who stood by each defendant and translated the judge’s sentencing to them. “It should be a time for families to celebrate Jesus’s birthday, but since this happened two families have really been torn apart.”


Information from: The Jersey Journal , https://www.nj.com/jjournal

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