By Associated Press - Saturday, October 17, 2020

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) - Prosecutors say a man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison in the slaying of a man and attempted slaying of a woman in a New Jersey restaurant two years ago.

Forty-two-year-old Miguel Camara of Long Branch was sentenced Friday on guilty pleas in July to first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder and third-degree child endangerment.

The Asbury Park Press reports that Superior Court Judge Vincent Falcetano sentenced Camara to 30 years for murder, 10 years for attempted murder and five years for child endangerment, calling the shooting a “cold-blooded, planned, deliberate attack.”

The murder and attempted murder prison terms will be served consecutively, but the third term will be served at the same time as the other two. Prosecutors had recommended a 45-year term as part of their plea agreement with all terms served consecutively. His attorney had asked that all terms be served at the same time. Camara must serve 38½ years before being eligible for parole.

Authorities said Camara entered Bom DMais restaurant in August 2018 and approached a table occupied by his ex-girlfriend, her 18- and 5-year-old children, and 45-year-old Marco Moreira of Ocean Township. Authorities said he shot Moreira and then fired twice at the woman, who had a restraining order against him, but both shots missed. Prosecutors said he was disarmed but then tried to seize the weapon of a responding police officer.

Camara tearfully expressed remorse and asked for forgiveness, telling the court in Portuguese through an interpreter that he considered Moreira a friend and a “good person.”

“I never had any intention to harm anybody,” he added.

After the sentence, Camara faces deportation to Portugal, prosecutors have said.


This story has been corrected to correct aggregate sentence to 40 years rather than 45 years.

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