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Man sentenced to 16 years in shooting death during robbery

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A man has been sentenced to 16 years in state prison after pleading guilty to gunning down a man in a New Jersey robbery seven years ago.

Prosecutors in Mercer County said 32-year-old Emmanuel Cruz and several relatives targeted 34-year-old Emilio Lopez on a Trenton street in November 2012, and he was shot and killed.

Three suspects were arrested immediately, but Cruz remained free until his arrest three years ago across the river in Falls Township, Pennsylvania.

Cruz pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated manslaughter last month. The original three defendants pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery.

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