NEWARK, N.J. — The final three defendants in the shooting death of Dustin Friedland, 30, in 2013 at the Short Hills Mall faced a judge today to learn their sentences. The Honorable Michael L. Ravin handed down lengthy terms for shooter Hanif Thompson and co-defendants Karif Ford and Kevin Roberts.
“These sentencing end the legal process. We hope this will allow the family to begin the process of healing after this unspeakable tragedy, ’’ said Acting Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino.
Thompson, who pleaded guilty to felony murder for pistol-whipping and then shooting the defenseless Friedland, received 30 years without the possibility of parole.
“The medical examiner was quite clear. He took the butt of the gun and rendered Dustin Friedland helpless. Yet still Thompson shot him in the head,’’ said Matthews as he argued in court that Thompson continued to show no remorse.
Co-defendants Ford and Roberts each received 20-year sentences, with parole possible after 17 years, in New Jersey State Prison for their guilty pleas to first-degree carjacking.
A fourth defendant, Basim Henry was tried separately and was found guilty of murder, felony murder, carjacking, conspiracy to commit carjacking, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose. Henry, the getaway driver, was sentenced to life plus ten years.