Man gets sentenced to 71 years in state prison for 2019 fatal mass shooting in North Bergen

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A man has been sentenced to 71 years in state prison for a 2019 fatal mass shooting in North Bergen that left one man dead and three others seriously injured.

Inset photo of Jonathan Haughey-Morales courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Earlier today, Hudson County Superior Court Judge Patrick Arre sentenced Jonathan Haughey-Morales, 30, of West New York, to 71 years in New Jersey State Prison for the 2019 mass shooting in North Bergen that killed Carlos Garcia and seriously injured three others.

Haughey-Morales was sentenced to 50 years in New Jersey State Prison for murder and three consecutive seven year sentences for aggravated assault as to the surviving victims, which is subject to the No Early Release Act.

An additional five year sentence will run concurrent for unlawful possession of a weapon.

On Sunday, May 5th, 2019, at approximately 3:30 a.m., the North Bergen Police Department responded to a report of shots fired at 2033 46th St.

Responding officers found four individuals, including an unresponsive man with an apparent gunshot wound to his torso, shot in the home.

The man, later identified as Carlos Garcia, 40, and the additional victims — two men and one woman — were all transported by Emergency Medical Services to Jersey City Medical Center.

Garcia was pronounced dead at approximately 4:25 a.m. Haughey-Morales was identified as the suspect wanted in connection with the shooting and apprehended in South
Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania, the following day.

He was convicted on all charges by a jury on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022, following a two-week trial.

The State was represented in this case by Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Najma Rana.

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