NEW BRUNSWICK — A Rahway man has been convicted of aggravated manslaughter for fatally shooting another man outside a Sayreville nightclub nearly six years ago, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced yesterday.
A jury in Middlesex County deliberated for two hours over two days before finding Donte William, 22, guilty on May 26 of aggravated manslaughter in the death of Che Broadus, 18, of Union Township.
Williams faces an additional 25 years in a New Jersey state prison when he is sentenced on June 25 by Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick.
Williams previously was convicted and sentenced to 45 years in prison on May 1, 2006, for aggravated manslaughter, attempted murder, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession without first having obtained a permit and possession of a defaced firearm.
An appellate court subsequently overturned the aggravated manslaughter conviction, but let the remaining counts stand. Williams currently is serving 20 years on the remaining counts and must serve 85 percent of the term before he can be eligible for parole. He also will be required to serve 85 percent of the aggravated manslaughter conviction when he is sentenced on June 25.
During the retrial which began on May 11, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Linda Estremera and Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Scott LaMountain presented evidence and testimony showing that Williams became involved in a dispute while attending Club Krome, a nightclub in Sayreville, on August 29, 2004.
Williams went to his home in Rahway, retrieved a handgun and returned to the nightclub at it was closing at 1 a.m.
Broadus was sitting in traffic, waiting on Old Spye Road to drive from the nightclub onto Route 35 north, when Williams approached from the passenger side of the vehicle and opened fire, striking Broadus with a bullet that pierced his heart.
A front-seat passenger also was wounded, but survived.
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