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Man Sentenced for 2015 Death at Elizabeth Marine Terminal

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ELIZABETH, NJ - Victor M. Belo, 50, of North Arlington, has been sentenced to three years in state prison for the drunk-driving incident that caused the death 49-year-old Judy Jones of Newark, a female co-worker at an Elizabeth marine terminal in 2015. 

On the afternoon of Friday, August 7, 2015, emergency medical personnel and members of the Port Authority Police Department responded to the APM terminal in Elizabeth to find Jones suffering from multiple severe injuries, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Colleen Ruppert. 

Authorities say Jones was pronounced dead at the scene and after an investigation by Port Authority Police, Detective Robert Caron and members of the Union County Homicide Task Force, it was determined that Belo allegedly struck Jones with a top loader he had been driving. 

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Belo's blood-alcohol level was over the legal limit of 0.08 percent, and he had several alcoholic beverages with lunch before returning to work that day, Ruppert said. 

Belo turned himself into police in August 2015, and he was lodged in Union County Jail on $75,000 bail. 

State Superior Court Judge Robert Kirsch issued the sentence of three years in state prison against Belo, who pleaded guilty to a single count of second-degree vehicular manslaughter. 

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