Prosecutor: Jersey City man receives life sentence for 2016 murder of 20-year-old

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A Jersey City man received a life sentence as the result of a shooting that killed a 20-year-old back in 2016, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On Friday, Hudson County Superior Court Judge Mirtha Ospina sentenced David Cooper, 28, of Jersey City to life in state prison for the September 19th, 2016, murder of 20-year-old Ahmin Colclough, which occurred on Forrest Avenue in Jersey City, Suarez said in a statement.

Ospina also sentenced Cooper to seven years for possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and seven years for unlawful possession of a weapon. These two sentences will run concurrent to the life sentence.

During the course of the trial earlier this year, the state presented evidence that Cooper fired a 9mm bullet into the back of the neck of Colclough, who was also a Jersey City resident.

A Hudson County jury convicted Cooper on all counts relating to the murder after deliberating for approximately 90 minutes.

Cooper was also sentenced to five years in state prison for unlawful possession of a weapon and five years for an aggravated assault in two additional but separate incidents, one in 2016 and the other in 2017.

These prison sentences will run concurrent to one another, but consecutive to the sentences for the homicide.

The state was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Roe of the Hudson County
Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit.