A North Brunswick man was sentenced to serve up to 80 years in a New Jersey state prison for fatally shooting his next-door neighbor in 2014.
Roland E. Amos, 44, was sentenced to the term for murder, hindering his own apprehension and related weapons offenses in the slaying of Brian A. Hoey, 43.
Under the terms of the sentence handed down in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Dennis Nieves, the defendant must serve 40 years in custody before he can be eligible for parole.
A five-year mandatory term was included in the sentencing of the defendant, who was prohibited from having a weapon, since he had previously been convicted of weapons offenses in prior, unrelated cases.
Amos was sentenced to the term after he was found guilty on February 28, 2017 of murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon, and hindering his own apprehension.
A jury also found him guilty of being a convicted felon who was prohibited from possessing the handgun.
During a trial that began on January 18, 2017, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Christine D’Elia and Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Fabrice Charles presented evidence plus testimony showing Amos shot Hoey multiple times on September 1, 2014 outside an apartment complex where both men were next-door neighbors.
North Brunswick police found Hoey when they responded to the Belcourt Townhomes at Hidden Lake at 1:26 a.m. on September 1, 2014 He was pronounced dead a short time later.
Amos was arrested following an intensive month-long investigation by Detective Robert Powell of the North Brunswick Police Department and Detective Gregory Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.
Amos’ girlffriend, Zoraida Rodriguez, was indicted on charges of hindering his arrest but Carey did not elaborate on the status of her case.
The victim’s father asked the judge to impose a life sentence and said his son died in the arms of his young daughter’s and girlfriend.
According to published reports, Hoey’s father, Mel Kanter, asked Amos, “Where’s your smug look now?”
“You killed my son… I want you to remember my son for the rest of your life,” Kanter said to Amos in a dramatic courthouse scene.
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