The second of two defendants to be sentenced for the brutal robbing and killing of a Brick Township victim in a drug deal gone wrong in Asbury Park is handed a 55-year term.

Jahmire Bouie, 21, of Asbury Park, will be required to serve nearly 47 years of the sentence before parole eligiblity, under New Jersey's No Early Release Act, according to the office of Monmouth County Prosecutor Chris Grammiccioni.

Bouie was found guilty of first-degree murder and felony murder, and second-degree robbery, in October, for the death of Thomas Sudano, Jr., 36.

His co-defendant, Spencer Young, was sentenced in September to 50 years, and will be required to serve more than 42 years before parole consideration.

Sudano was found unconscious, in caridac arrest and void of response, when police found him lying on Atlantic Avenue at about 12:26 AM on July 27, 2013, investigators said.

Information brought out at trial indicated that Sudano traveled from Brick to Asbury by cab to buy narcotics from Bouie, who was accompanied by Young when they rendezvoused at McDonald's on Route 35 in Neptune Township. From there, Bouie and Young brought Sudano to an Asbury Park housing complex.

A witness swore that Bouie and Young viciously attacked Sudano without provocation, punching, stamping and kicking him, and continuing to do so after Sudano tried and failed to flee, falling to the pavement unconscious. They took his cell phone and left him there, investigators said.

Detectives found Sundano's phone in Young's possession three days later in Asbury Park, and culled call records to learn that Young used it constantly from 12:26 AM on July 27 until his arrest.

Sudano died during hospitalization on July 29. Death was attributed to blunt force trauma to the head and neck, and it was ruled a homicide.

Bouie used his girlfriend's car to drive Sudano to the housing units, and used her cell phone to set up the deal before the murder, investigaors said. He was arrested July 31.

Bouie was represented by Howell attorney Robert J. Konzelmann. The State's case was directed by County Assistant Prosecutors Hoda Soliman and Lawrence Nelson.

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