Newark woman sentenced to 28 years for fatal drive-by shooting

A woman from Newark was sentenced to 28 years in state prison for a fatal drive-by shooting.
Essex County prosecutors say Chantal Mitchell, 31, was sentenced Friday to 28 years in prison for killing Deitrick Mitchell, 21, also of Newark, in February 2020.
In 2022, Mitchell pleaded guilty to several charges, including first degree aggravated manslaughter. Prosecutors say Mitchell admitted to shooting two people and killing one of them in exchange for the 28-year sentence in state prison.
Under the No Early Release Act, Mitchell must serve 85% of her sentence before she is eligible for parole. She must also serve five years of parole supervision after being released from state prison.
On Feb. 10, 2020, prosecutors say Mitchell opened fire on two people standing in front of a bodega on Clinton Avenue in Newark. Prosecutors say she had argued with several men outside the bodega just prior to the shooting. Prosecutors say Mitchell left in her vehicle after the argument but returned minutes later, firing multiple shots toward the bodega entrance as she drove through the parking lot.
Deitrick Mitchell was fatally struck by the gunfire. A second victim sustained a nonfatal gunshot wound.
"This was a tragic ending to a verbal argument and highlights the dangers of gun violence in our community," said Austin Edward, an assistant prosecutor on the case. "I hope this sentence will provide some closure to Deitrick's family."
This is Mitchell's third conviction. She was previously convicted twice for distributing drugs.