- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - A man convicted of carjacking and abducting an elderly driver has been sentenced to 25 years in state prison.

Middlesex County prosecutors say 21-year-old Frankie Gonzalez, of Camden, must serve about 21 years before becoming eligible for parole. The sentence was handed down last week and made public Tuesday.

Prosecutors say the victim, a 79-year-old Cranbury resident, was stopped at a red light when Gonzalez entered the vehicle and claimed to have a gun. He told the man to keep driving, but released him unharmed a short time later.

Gonzalez then drove away but was soon stopped by police. However, he drove away from the stop and continued driving until he crashed a short time later.

Gonzalez was convicted last October on numerous counts, including carjacking, kidnapping and eluding.

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