Bayonne man gets 20 years in state prison for fatal 2020 shooting of Jersey City woman


A Bayonne man was sentenced to 20 years in state prison for the fatal 2020 shooting of a Jersey City woman, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Bernard Wilson. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Yesterday, Bernard Wilson, 29, of Bayonne, was sentenced by Hudson County Superior Court Judge Vincent Militello to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison for the 2020 shooting death of Abimael Fuentes, 38, in Jersey City, Suarez said in a statement.

Wilson, of Bayonne, pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter on Thursday, July 21st. The sentence is subject to the No Early Release Act. The State was represented in this matter by Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Andrew Baginski.

“The State thanks the court for its diligence in this matter to see that this defendant’s sentence will deter him from committing any additional violent crimes in our community,” Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Andrew Baginski said in a statement.

On Tuesday, April 21st, 2020, just after 10:30 p.m., members of the Jersey City Police Department responded to shots fired on Brinkerhoff Street between Monticello Avenue and Bergen Avenue.

Responding officers found a victim, later identified as Fuentes, with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

He was transported to Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at approximately 1:41 a.m. The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be a gunshot wound and the manner of death to be homicide.

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