NEWARK, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that Sadot Council, 32, of Newark was convicted by an Essex County jury of the murder of Anthony Mayse, 33, also of Newark, following a trial before the Honorable Richard T. Sules, Judge of the Superior Court.

According to Assistant Prosecutor Adam Wells, who tried the case, Mayse was shot and killed on April 28, 2015 at the Stephen Crane Housing Complex in Newark shortly after noon time.

Mayse and Council, who had known each other most of their lives, and had been friends, got into a dispute the day before the murder, that ended with Council threatening to kill Mayse.  The next day Council confronted Mayse and the two had a fist fight.  When the fight was broken up by a bystander, Council rode away on a bike and returned a minute later with a gun and shot Mayse in the chest, killing him.  

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“We’re glad the jury provided justice to Mr. Mayse and his family. I want to thank Det. Bruce Branch, and all of the investigators who helped bring this killer to justice,’’ said Assistant Prosecutor Wells.

In addition to murder, Council was convicted of weapons offenses.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 20 before Judge Sules.

Council, who has four prior felony convictions, including three for violent crimes faces life in prison.