Jersey City man sentenced to 45 years in state prison for 2019 fatal shooting


A Jersey City man has been sentenced to 45 years in state prison for a 2019 fatal shooting of Jason Dunbar, a 35-year-old city resident.

Darius Bolden. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Hudson County Superior Court Judge Mitzy Galis-Menendez sentenced Darius Bolden, 36, Jersey City, to 45 years in New Jersey State Prison for the killing, authorities said.

Bolden was convicted at trial of murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and an unlawful possession of a weapon on Tuesday, July 5th.

He was sentenced to 45 years on the murder charge, subject to the No Early Release Act.

Bolden was additionally sentenced to seven years in New Jersey State Prison on the Unlawful Possession of a Weapon charge, which will run concurrent to the 45 year sentence.

The State was represented in this case by Hudson County Assistant Prosecutors David Feldman and Nicole Ghezzar.

“The State is satisfied with the outcome of this case and appreciates the court for imposing an appropriate sentence in the matter. We thank the jury for its service throughout the course of the two week trial this past summer,” Ghezzar said in a statement.

On Tuesday, August 27th, 2019, at approximately 11:45 p.m., the Jersey City Police Department responded to a report of shots fired in the area of 169 Fulton Ave.

Responding officers found an unresponsive man, later identified as Dunbar, with multiple apparent gunshot wounds.

He was transported by Emergency Medical Services to Jersey City Medical Center and pronounced dead at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019.

The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds and manner of death to be homicide.

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