Rodolfo Godinez gets 3 life sentences for Newark schoolyard murders

A judge sentenced Rodolfo Godinez today to three life sentences for the 2007 Newark schoolyard murders.

Superior Court Judge Michael L. Ravin sentenced Godinez to an additional 20 years for robbery charges, which will run concurrent to the life sentences. He will serve a total of 245 years in prison. Godinez will be eligible for parole in 216 years.

The 27-year-old immigrant from Nicaragua was convicted in May of murder, robbery and weapons offenses stemming from the August 2007 slayings of three friends.

The murders of Dashon Harvey, Terrance Aeriel and Iofemi Hightower and the shooting and stabbing of a fourth victim shocked New Jersey's largest city.

Nearly a dozen relatives spoke during the sentencing, including the survivor of the attack. She told the judge she'll have a party when Godinez dies.

Five other defendants are awaiting trial.

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AP wires contributed to this report.

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