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Franklin Township man found guilty in Perth Amboy murder

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Jahmmel Cephas, 35, of the Franklin Park, was found guilty of aggravated manslaughter for fatally shooting a man on Valentines Day in 2015, according to a news release. 

Officials say Cephas shot Richard Pryce, 31, of Perth Amboy on Amboy Avenue at the Barclay Street intersection following an argument at a bar on Amboy Avenue.

"After being shot, the victim returned to the bar and was taken by friends to Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy Division," Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said in a news release. "He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 3:02 a.m."

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Cephas fled the scene with the handgun he used to shoot Pryce and was at large until his apprehension in DeKalb County, Georgia on March 20, 2015, according to a news release. 

Cephas was also convicted of unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a firearm with a purpose to use it unlawfully against the person of another, hindering his own apprehension, and tampering with physical evidence, according to a news release. 

"The extensive investigation included the coordinated efforts of Sgt. Sandra Rivera of the Perth Amboy Police Department, Detectives Jeffrey Temple, and Kenneth Saunders, both formerly of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, and the U.S. Marshal’s Service Regional Fugitive Task Force," Carey said in a news release. 

The trial began on Aug. 15, and Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Brian Shevlin and Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Dize presented evidence and testimony.

Officials say Cephas is facing an extended prison term of 30 years to life when he is sentenced in New Brunswick on December 15, 2017, by Superior Court Judge Colleen Flynn. 

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