Jerome Wright sentenced to 39 years in Newark Detective Michael Morgan’s death

The pair is scheduled to be sentenced June 7.

The pair is scheduled to be sentenced June 7. (7/2/13)

PATERSON - A Newark man has been sentenced to 39 years in prison for the fatal shooting of an off-duty Newark police detective during a 2011 robbery outside a Paterson strip-club.

Jerome Wright was sentenced today in Paterson in a courtroom packed with police officers.

The 25-year-old pleaded guilty in May to aggravated manslaughter and other counts in the death of 32-year-old Michael Morgan.

Passaic County prosecutors say Morgan was at the Paterson club for a friend's party. Morgan was walking a dancer to her car when Wright tried to rob them.

Wright's girlfriend and accomplice, Nashali Gadson, of Newark, was also sentenced this morning. She was given a 10-year prison term after pleading guilty to armed robbery charges.

AP wire services contributed to this report.

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