- Associated Press - Friday, January 6, 2017

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - A 58-year-old New Jersey man convicted of murdering a jewelry store owner during a robbery has been sentenced to life in prison.

NJ.com reports (https://bit.ly/2iKvEm9 ) a judge on Friday sentenced John DeRosa, of Bloomfield, to life in prison for murder, 20 years for robbery and 10 years for a handgun offense.

DeRosa’s attorney, Scott Finckenauer, says DeRosa maintains his innocence and says witnesses lied on the stand.

Prosecutors say he shot Xavier Egoavil, a father of two, in the head on Aug. 18, 2009 in Rachel Jewelers in Kearny as his horrified mother watched.

Prosecutors say DeRosa and another man entered the Kearny store and announced a robbery. That’s when Egoavil scuffled with DeRosa, who then opened fire.

The two other men involved pleaded guilty to robbery. One testified against DeRosa.

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Information from: NJ.com, https://www.nj.com

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