Last Newark schoolyard murders defendant gets 195 years

Gerardo Gomez was one of six men and boys charged in the 2007 killings.

Gerardo Gomez was one of six men and boys charged in the 2007 killings. (1/9/13)

NEWARK - A judge has sentenced the final defendant in one of the state’s most notorious murder cases to 195 years in prison.

Gerardo Gomez was one of six men and boys charged with murdering three college-bound friends behind Newark's Mount Vernon School in 2007. A jury convicted him last November on multiple counts including murder and attempted murder.

Attorney Michael Robbins argued at Gomez's sentencing this morning that Gomez, who was 15 on the night of the murders, should receive a shorter sentence because of his age and because he didn't wield a knife or gun used in the attacks.

Four other defendants are serving multiple consecutive life sentences. The fifth received 30 years in exchange for testifying against Gomez and others. 

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