Defendant in Brick Township man’s death convicted of murder
The second of two defendants accused of killing a Brick Township man in Asbury Park in 2013 is convicted of murder, and heads for sentencing December 2.
A jury found Jahmir K. Bouie, 21, of Asbury Park, guilty of first-degree murder, felony murder and second-degree robbery in the death of Thomas Sudano, Jr., according to the office of Monmouth County Prosecutor Chris Gramiccioni.
Co-defendant Spencer Young was given a 50-year sentence on September 9, and will be required to serve more than 42 years before parole eligibility under New Jersey's No Early Release Act (NERA).
Sudano, 36 at the time, was found by Asbury Park police, prone and in cardiac arrest, on the pavement of Atlantic Avenue at about 12:26 PM on July 27, 2013. Officers said he showed now neurological responses.
It was revealed during the trial that Sudano took a cab from Brick to Asbury to buy drugs from Bouie, who brought Young with him when they rendesvoused at McDonald's on Route 35 in Neptune Township.
Bouie and Young induced Sudano to accompany them to an Asbury Park housing complex in order to rob him, investigators said.
A witness told the court that he saw the three together at about midnight, and saw Bouie and Young begin to beat Sudano viciously, punching, stomping and kicking him.
Sudano fell unconscious while trying to escape, and the beating continued on his motionless body, with kicks and punches to the head and body, authorities said. They stole Sudano's cell phone and left him in the street.
Three days later in Asbury Park, Young was found to be holding Sudano's phone. Investigators dug into cell phone records to find that Young had used it constantly from 12:26 AM on July 27 until his arrest on July 30.
Investigators also revealed that Bouie used his girlfriend's car and cell phone to bring Sudano to the spot where the killing tookplace. He was arrested on July 31, two days after Sudano died at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune.
Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutors Hoda Soliman and Lawrence Nelson presented the State's case. Bouie was represented by Howell Township attorney Robert J. Konzelmann.