Law & Justice

Woman Admits to Fatal Shooting Outside Elizabeth Nightclub

Union County Courthouse Credits: Fran Sullivan

ELIZABETH, NJ – A fatal shooting outside of an Elizabeth nightclub nearly four years ago was settled Tuesday with a guilty plea by a Newark woman.

Tiffany Moore, 24, has admitted to fatally shooting 19-year-old Felicia Hester of East Orange, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Wednesday.

Moore pleaded guilty before state Superior Court Judge Scott J. Moynihan to one count of aggravated manslaughter in connection with the death of Hester, according to Union County Homicide Task Force Assistant Prosecutor Scott Peterson, who prosecuted the case.

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During the early hours of Sept. 22, 2011, Elizabeth Police Department patrol units rushed to the Coco Bongo nightclub on the corner of North Broad and Mary streets in Elizabeth to find Hester suffering from a gunshot wound, Peterson said. Hester was transported to University Hospital in Newark, where she died two days later.

After an intensive investigation by the Homicide Task Force, assisted by the Union County Sheriff's Office ID Unit, Moore was charged with murder less than a week after the shooting.

Sentencing in the case has been scheduled for Nov. 12 before Judge Moynihan, at which time Moore is expected to receive a term of 22 years in state prison. Under the provision of New Jersey's No Early Release Act, Moore will be required to serve at least 85 percent of that term before becoming eligible for parole

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