Man pleads guilty in deadly mall carjacking case

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A man charged in connection with a deadly carjacking at the Mall at Short Hills has pleaded guilty.

Essex County prosecutors say Kevin Roberts pleaded guilty last week to carjacking as part of a deal with Essex County prosecutors. That came about four months after another man charged in the case was convicted on felony murder charges.

Roberts had been due to go on trial in September. He faces a 20-year state prison term when he's sentenced Nov. 13.

Prosecutors say Roberts was among four men involved in the December 2013 carjacking and fatal shooting of Dustin Friedland at the mall in Millburn. 

Friedland's wife had testified at the previous trial about seeing her husband gunned down in front of her.

Trials for the two remaining defendants are pending.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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