- Associated Press - Friday, July 28, 2017

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man who admitted to fatally beating his landlord has been sentenced to 23 years in state prison.

Essex County Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman Katherine Carter says 33-year-old Harold Christianson Jr. must serve 85 percent of his 23-year sentence before he is eligible for parole. NJ.com reports (https://bit.ly/2v76Gnn ) Christianson was also ordered to pay $14,200 in restitution at his sentencing Friday in Newark.

Christianson admitted to fatally bludgeoning his landlord, 69-year-old Leon Castellano, in March 2015. Prosecutors say he also had been stealing checks from the victim and the two had previous altercations over that.

Authorities say Christianson was a boarder in Castellano’s home at the time of the killing.

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