Elizabeth Man Sentenced To 60 Years For 2006 Slaying

ELIZABETH – A 40-year-old Elizabeth man was sentenced to 60 years in state prison for stabbing a 33-year-old man to death outside a Linden bar in 2006.

Superior Court Judge Jospeh Donohue sentenced Carlos Gutierrez on Friday, July 25. Gutierrez was convicted of first-degree murder on March 27, following a nine-day trial. The jury spent a day deliberating before handing down the guilty verdict.

On Feb. 22, 2006, Gutierrez became involved in an argument with Jose Riascos, also of Elizabeth, at QVOS Bar on Elizabeth Avenue in Linden. Gutierrez worked there as a bouncer, but the argument took place after the bar had closed.

Gutierrez chased down Riascos and stabbed him six times with a hunting knife, according to county prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow. Riascos died as a result of the wounds.

Gutierrez will have to serve 85 percent of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

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