Gang Member Sentenced For 2006 Murder

ELIZABETH—A Jersey City man was sentenced to 60 years in state prison on Friday after having been found guilty of first degree murder, Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow announced.

Omar Holmes, 24, must serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole, officials said.

In March, after a three-week trial and less than a day of jury deliberations, Holmes was also convicted of several weapon offences, said Assistant Prosecutor Michael Henn, who handled the case.

According to the investigation, Holmes, a verified member of the Bloods, was at Club Flight on Routes 1&9 in Elizabeth on April 3, 2006.  An associate of Holmes got into a fight with William Green, 26, of Newark and the scene “quickly turned into a brawl,” said Henn.

Within minutes the Jersey City members of the Bloods were fighting with Greene and members of his family and during the course of the melee, Holmes shot Green five times. Green was pronounced dead at the scene, said Henn.

Following an intense investigation by Elizabeth Police Department Detective Paul Pasternak and Union County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Michael Manochio, Holmes was identified as the suspect and arrested in January 2007.

Union County Superior Court Judge James C. Heimlich handed down the sentence.

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