Man faces sentencing for Newark schoolyard killings

NEWARK - A man who pleaded guilty in the execution-style killings of three college students in a Newark schoolyard in 2007 is scheduled to be sentenced today.

Prosecutors say Melvin Jovel will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.

The 21-year-old pleaded guilty in September to murder, attempted murder and weapons charges days before his trial was set to begin.

Prosecutors say Jovel was the triggerman who, with five other young men, lined up three students against a wall at the Mt. Vernon Elementary School in Newark and shot each of them in the back of the head.

A fourth victim survived and testified at the first trial in May against Rodolfo Godinez, who was sentenced to three consecutive life sentences.

Four other defendants are awaiting trial.

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