- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A Newark man who authorities say ordered the fatal shooting of a teenager trying to flee from a robbery has been sentenced to more than 50 years in prison.

Marquise Hawkins was sentenced Friday in state Superior Court. He had been convicted in March on murder and robbery counts.

Prosecutors contended Hawkins and at least two other men drove around on Feb. 17, 2012 looking for someone to rob. They came upon four teenagers walking home.

As the teens were robbed at gunpoint, 16-year-old Irvington resident Khalil Williams tried to run. Hawkins allegedly told one of his accomplices to fire at the teen.

The 20-year-old Hawkins was sentenced to 40 years on the murder conviction to run consecutive to a 15-year sentence for robbery.

Two co-defendants await trial.

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