MOUNT HOLLY - The Belleville man who was convicted of shooting his victim to death in a car in Burlington County in 2016 heads to prison for life.

Sascha Burkard

Quinnizel J. Clark, 35, was sentenced today in Mount Holly for guilty findngs on murder and weapons charges for the death of James Dewyer, 68, in Mansfield, according to the office of Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina.

Clark was convicted in November, and has been in the Burlington County Jail since his arrest on July 8, 2016. He is required to serve 85 percent of his term before parole eligibility.

Officers, responding to a call describing an unresponsive person in the front seat of a car near Monica Court, established that the lifeless body was Dewyer.

Investigators learned that Clark and Dewyer were acquainted and spent time together earlier in the day of the murder. Clark drove Dewyer's car to the spot where it was found, shot him numerous times, and left on foot, authoritiies said.

Mansfield and Burlington County detectives led the probe, under the direction of former Burlington County Detective Wayne Raynor, now in the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.

Assistant Prosecutor Robert VanGilst conducted the state's case.

"We are gratified for Mr. Dewyer's family that today's sentence reflects the magnitude of their loss and the seriousness of this defendant's crime, and sends a message that homicides in Burlington County will be aggressively prosecuted and severely punished," Coffina said in prepared remarks.

"I commend our detectives and the Mansfield Police Department for conducting a thorough investigation, and Assistant Prosecutor VanGilst for presenting a compelling case, that resulted in this significant sentence."

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