Jersey City man sentenced to 55 years in state prison for 2019 fatal shooting in Elizabeth


A Jersey City man was sentenced to 55 years in state prison last week after being convicted of a 2019 Elizabeth fatal shooting back in June, Union County Prosecutor William A. Daniel announced.

Anthony Reciofigueroa. Photo courtesy of the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Anthony Reciofigeroa, 28, of Jersey City, was found guilty on one count each of first-degree murder, second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, and second-degree possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes following a three-week trial before Union County Superior Court Judge John Deitch in June.

On Thursday, October 6th, Deitch sentenced him to 55 years in state prison, requiring him to serve at least 85 percent of the term on the murder charge before the possibility of parole.

The judge also sentenced him to eight years with four-year period of parole ineligibility on each of the weapons charges and ordered those sentences to be served concurrently.

Shortly after 7 p.m. on July 6th, 2019, Elizabeth Police Department patrol units responded to a report of gunshots being fired on the 500 block of East Jersey Street and found Carlos Rodriguez, 19, of Elizabeth on the sidewalk, having sustained a gunshot wound, authorities said.

Rodriguez was transported to University Hospital in Newark, where he was pronounced dead the next day.

Union County Assistant Prosecutors Jillian Reyes and Sarah Turk, who prosecuted the case, presented this evidence during the trial.

An investigation involving the Union County Homicide Task Force, Elizabeth Police Department, Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, and Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit, assisted by the Vermont State Police and Jersey City Police Department, resulted in Figueroa being identified as the shooter in the case.

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