By Associated Press - Friday, August 18, 2017

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - Two men have been sentenced to long prison terms in the shooting death of a 14-year-old girl in New Jersey.

Jeavonte Dennis was sentenced Friday to 45 years in prison for murder in the death of Nazerah Bugg. She was shot in September 2014 near basketball courts in Paterson.

Nyje Johnson was sentenced to 22 years in prison for aggravated manslaughter and attempted murder of a friend of Bugg. He was found not guilty in June on a murder charge in Bugg’s death.

The men admitted to police that they drove to the scene to avenge the shooting of a fellow gang member that day. They both denied that they fired any shots.

Five other people, including two gang leaders charged with ordering the shooting, are awaiting trial.

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