Prosecutor: Jersey City man pleads guilty to killing 28-year-old with a shotgun in 2017


A Jersey City man has pleaded guilty to killing a 28-year-old with a shotgun back on July 3rd, 2017, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On Thursday, Keshawn Sparkman, 22, of Jersey City, pleaded guilty to one count of first-
degree aggravated manslaughter related to the shooting death of Rasasim Foster that occurred on July 3, 2017, Suarez said in a statement.

Sparkman admitted to shooting Foster with a shotgun on Clinton Avenue on that date at approximately 10:50 p.m., Jersey City police officers were dispatched to the area of
262 Clinton Ave. on a report of possible gunshots, authorities said.

Upon arrival, officers found Foster, 28, of Jersey City, on the ground at that location. He was unresponsive with apparent multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead a short time later, police said.

The state is recommending a sentence of 18 years in a New Jersey state prison subject to the No Early Release Act and the Graves Act. NERA would require Sparkman to serve 85 percent of the recommended 18 year sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

Sentencing in this case has been scheduled for October 25th before Hudson County Superior Court Judge Patrick Arre, who accepted the guilty plea.

Additionally, the state is represented in this case by Assistant Prosecutor David Feldman.