Posted: Jul 8, 2010 11:14 AM by Greg Boyce
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The first defendant convicted in the 2007 execution-style slayings of three friends and an attack on a fourth in a New Jersey schoolyard has been sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years.
The sentence means Rodolfo Godinez must serve at least 218 years for his conviction on murder, robbery and weapons charges. He received a life term for each of the three who died, plus 20 years for the survivor. The 27-year-old immigrant from Nicaragua didn't speak during Thursday's sentencing in Newark. The murders of Dashon Harvey, Terrance Aeriel and Iofemi Hightower and the shooting and stabbing of a fourth stunned New Jersey's largest city.
The victims were enrolled or about to be enrolled at Delaware State University. Five other defendants are awaiting trial.