Two Hudson County men received 30 years in state prison after pleading guilty to their roles in a 2019 fatal armed robbery in Fairview, authorities said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
On Monday, Raul Torres, of North Bergen, and Carlos Burgos, of Jersey City, were sentenced to 30 years in New Jersey State Prison after pleading guilty to aggravated manslaughter, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, and weapons offenses, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced.
The charges were in connection to the death of David Duque Soto in Fairview on June 29th, 2019.
Bergen County Superior Court Judge Margaret M. Foti sentenced both to 30 years in NJSP subject to the No Early Release Act, which requires that they serve 85 percent of their sentence without parole.
On June 29th, 2019, Torres, Burgos, and others conspired to rob Duque Soto at his home at 415 4th Avenue in Fairview. During this armed robbery, Duque Soto was shot and subsequently died of his injuries.
On March 31st, 2023, Burgos and Torres pled guilty to entering the apartment armed with loaded handguns and shooting and killing the victim.
Torres and Burgos are the latest defendants to be sentenced in this multi-defendant case. In March, a jury convicted David Martinez of felony murder for his role in this shooting, and he was sentenced to 30 years in NJSP on April 28th, 2023.
Lexie Burke previously pled guilty to aggravated manslaughter, robbery, and conspiracy, and is scheduled for sentencing on June 23rd, 2023.
The State was represented by Assistant Prosecutors Suzanne Cevasco and Matthew Fitzpatrick of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, with the assistance of Legal Assistant Catherine Fantuzzi and Assistant Prosecutor Jaimee Chasmer of the Appellate Section.
Musella thanks Assistant Prosecutors Cevasco and Fitzpatrick for their zealous advocacy for the victim and his family and for helping combat gun violence in Bergen County through this verdict.
He also commends the detectives of his Major Crimes Unit as well as members of the Fairview Police Department, and the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office for their skill and professionalism in investigating this matter.