Man sen­tenced in street shoot­ing that killed by­s­tander

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - WEATHER -

BURLING­TON CITY » A gun­man who ad­mit­ted fir­ing sev­eral shots into a crowd on a street last year, killing an in­no­cent by­s­tander and in­jur­ing a 5-year-old girl, is now headed to state prison.

Burling­ton County pros­e­cu­tors say Sa­muel James re­ceived a 30-year term and will not be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role un­der the sen­tence im­posed Fri­day.

The 27-year-old Burling­ton City man had pleaded guilty in June to mur­der charges stem­ming from the Au­gust 2016 death of 24-year-old By­ron Turner, who was struck in the head and died a short time later. James has said Turner was not the in­tended tar­get of the shoot­ing.

Au­thor­i­ties say a 5-yearold girl who was in the area where the shoot­ing oc­curred was in­jured while re­treat­ing from the gun­fire but wasn’t shot. She was treated for undis­closed in­juries.

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