- Associated Press - Saturday, July 15, 2017

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say a New Jersey man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in the 2013 shooting death of a man that officials described as an “ambush and execution.”

Union County Prosecutor Grace Park said in a statement that 25-year-old Lavarr Nowell, of Plainfield, was sentenced on Friday.

The sentencing comes after Nowell’s April trial on a murder charge resulted in a hung jury. He later pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree aggravated manslaughter.

Officials said that Nowell was identified as a suspect in the December 2013 shooting death of Dawud Hicks. A judge called it an “ambush and execution.”

Nowell must serve 85 percent of his 20-year sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

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